July 19, 2012
Two small groups of opponents of Sheriff Joe Arpaio protested outside the federal courthouse in downtown Phoenix as Arpaio's department was on trial inside.
Members of the Puente Movement said "The community has already found Joe Arpaio guilty – guilty of crimes against humanity, guilty of racial profiling and human rights violations." They chanted "Arrest Arpaio, not the people."
They plan to announce details next week of a bus tour – called the "undocu-bus" – that will do a tour of southern states beginning late this month, ending at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Many of those on the bus tour will be illegal immigrants who describe themselves as "undocumented and unafraid."
Meanwhile, a short distance away on the sidewalk outside the courthouse, an interfaith group called Promise Arizona held a prayer and song vigil. One person held a sign that said "Every migrant is a human person who, as such, possesses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone in every circumstance. –Pope Benedict XVI"
PHOTOS: The protest/news conference by Puente Movement and the prayer/song vigil by Promise Arizona.