I am from Eugene and drove to Phoenix to protest SB 1070, a law that was passed on friday which now makes it illegal to be in Arizona if you do not have papers. There are supposedly 500,000 undocumented workers, motsly from Mexico, in the state.
The rallies were large for a conservative city like Phoneix, mostly Hispanic, but with a few white people. Friday was a youth rally and youth march; mostly highschool students walked ten miles, from Glendale to the capitol. There was a twenty-four hour vigil on saturday, and huge crowds on Sunday to hear congressmen Grijalva and Guttierez speak.
Talking to people randomly, especially in the nearby mostly immigrant neighborhood downtown, people are scared and alreday talking about leaving. Three women told me they are afraid, now, to send their kids to school or to go to work. The police have the right to stop you anywhere and ask you for papers - even walking down the sidewalk or going to the grocery store.
There is a boycott being started against the state, and even if you are an individual and not a business, you can help, by contacting Governer Jan Brewer's office and telling her you had plans to
vacation here but are going to New Mexico or Utah instead.