Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A couple dozen Tucsonans met at 5:30 am this morning at Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson to caravan up to Oracle, AZ, as part of a nonviolent counter-protest of sorts, showing support to the refugee children who are rumored to be arriving at Oracle's Sycamore Canyon Boys Ranch.
By 6:45am, Oracle's Deputy Sheriff Henry addressed the crowd gathering at the entrance to the campground, handing out a flyer from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu citing Arizona's guidelines for unlawful assembly under the First Amendment.
All of Tucson's news crews are here in Oracle as the story made national headlines over the last two days.
Later, Sheriff Babeu himself showed up to speak with local Oracle community activist Mary Ellen Kazda, aka Kaz.
Babeu informed the media that there were several vehicles blocking the camp entrance earlier in the morning but they were asked to disperse and complied. More protesters of the refugee camp have been making their way closer to the entrance, but as of 8:30am, it has been for the most part a peaceful event dominated by supporters. Check back later on The Range for another update.