Held at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, the Press Conference joined "day laborers, community organizations, faith groups and civil rights advocates in protests across 15 cities to denounce SB 1070, a discriminatory bill passed by the Arizona legislature and signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer."|
The Conference was moderated by Marco Mejia and included Portland immigrant organizations, as well as two students and a Commissioner from the City of Portland Human Rights Commission.
After a brief introduction as to the reason for the Press Conference, Marco introduces Dagoberto Flores a member of the Salvadoreans United of Oregon.
Dagoberto was followed by Father Robert Krueger, Priest Moderator of St. Francis Catholic Church;
Shizuko Hashimoto, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon;
Melissa Sarbina, Secretary for the Chicano Student Movement at Portland State University;
Silvio Poot, PCC Historian for the Chicano Student Movement;
Damon Isiah Turner, Commissioner with the City of Portland's Human Rights Coalition;
and finally Shizuko Hashimoto speaks again as a member of the Safe Communities Project
Following is and excerpt from the statement by the City of Portland Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission.
"The City of Portland Human Rights Commission strongly condemns the passing of the SB1070..(which) ...gives Arizona law enforcement licence to stop citizens and non-citizens to check their immigration status based simply on 'reasonable suspicion' that individuals are in the country without proper documentation. Subsequently, the law opens the door to open ended discrimination given that there are no concrete guidelines for what 'reasonable suspicion' means and this is open to varied interpretation by any law enforcement official."
Press Conference Protesting SB 1070