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Student Walkouts and Arpaio Raids Reported Throughout Phoenix

PHOENIX, AZ - Several hundred students, perhaps thousands, are on route to the Arizona State Capitol in part of an apparent student walkout.  Reports of spontaneous walkouts from high schools throughout the city are spreading.   Carrying  homemade signs reading "Education, not Deportation,"  "Educate, don't hate," and "We are Human,"  groups of students are walking along sidewalks, singing songs, chanting, texting, and tweeting.  

The walkouts are occurring at the same time Sheriff Joe Arpaio is reportedly conducting raids throughout Maricopa County.  Earlier this morning, Arpaio tweeted the following from his personal account:  "Appetizing operation planned for later today by this Sheriff's Office. Stay tuned."  
 
"Arizona is out of control," said Salvador Reza, a prominent human rights promoter with the PUENTE movement.   "The timid lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice has done nothing to resolve the human crisis in our state.  It is time for immedidate federal intervention."  Reza was unlawfully arrested last week at the Arizona Capitol when police followed an apparent blacklist order issued by Senate President Russell Pearce. 
 
Observers of the protests and the raids will use the Twitter hash tag #AltoArizona to report developments.
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