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For Immediate Release

In Arizona:
Dan O'Neal 480-650-0746,
Mimi Kennedy 818-515-1291

Laura Bonham, PDA Communications Coordinator, (435) 336-2123
Tim Carpenter, PDA National Director, (413)-320-2015

May 29: March Against Hate in Arizona


On Saturday May 29th, people will converge on Phoenix, Ariz., from
around the United States, to march against SB1070. Progressive
Democrats of America (PDA) is joining with the National Day Laborer
Organizing Network and Puente Arizona in pressuring the Arizona
legislature to repeal, and the U.S. President to nullify, this new
Arizona law, which mandates racial and ethnic profiling.

Mimi Kennedy, National Chair of Progressive
Democrats of America, will be speaking at Saturday's event, along with
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Co-founder of United Farm Workers
Dolores Huerta, International Executive Vice President of SEIU Eliseo
Medina, Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, and Congressman Raul
Grijalva of Arizona.

A rally with live music and speeches will begin
at 8 a.m., May 29, at Indian Steele Park (Corner of 3rd Street and
Indian School Rd), Phoenix, AZ.

A 5-mile march will depart at 10:30 a.m. and
arrive at the state capitol (1700 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ) at 1:30
p.m. for a second rally with live music and speeches.

This week, PDA posted online
an interview of Congressman Grijalva by PDA National Director Tim
Carpenter in which Grijalva said he supports targeted economic sanctions
aimed at conventions in his own state. Included in the same podcast is
an interview of Dan O'Neal, PDA Arizona Coordinator, who discusses plans
for the May 29th march against what he describes as "apartheid
Arizona." While O'Neal supports a boycott of Arizona, he urges everyone
who can to come to Arizona on the 29th to join in the protest.

The full audio of this podcast is available

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