Knowledge Is Power: Get Together July 29

According to a Border Action Network press release, community organizations are hosting a "peaceful, educational event" against SB 1070 Thursday, July 29, downtown at Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda St., from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In peaceful protest of SB1070's implementation on Thursday, July 29th, community organizations in Southern Arizona have organized a variety of events spanning the downtown area. At Presidio Park, the "Knowledge is Power" event is designed to provide a place for families to both express their concerns about 1070 while also learning how they can get involved in challenging the law after the 29th.

The event includes live music from Tucson artists, including Kevin Pakulis, Salvador Duran, Amo Chip and Pablo & Friends, a children's art project that will be delivered to Governor Brewer, moments of silence, and open mic segments for members of the community to speak about the concerns and frustrations with the new law. In addition, community leaders and business owners will give brief presentations throughout the day on the five strategies being used to fight SB1070 including legal action, civic participation, and community education.

"After the dust settles from events on the 29th, our communities need to continue to push for change in Arizona and an end to 1070," said Clarisa Flores, a Human Rights Promoter with Border Action. "Thursday's event will give families the tools they need to get their families and communities informed and involved to make that change."

Other SB 1070-Related Events in Southern Arizona, according to Border Action Network:

1) July 28th & July 29th in front of the State Building at Congress & Granada in Tucson: Rally to begin an overnight vigil, begins at 5 PM. Sunrise Ceremony at 5 AM and gathering at 8 AM.
Contact: Ya Basta Coalition, 520.770.1373

2) July 28th & July 29th at Presidio Park: Vigil at 11:30 PM. Continues throughout the night and concludes with an interfaith service from 7 AM to 8 AM.
Contact: Rev. Alison Harrington, 520.623.6857

3) July 29th in Nogales: Rally on both sides of the border. Nogales, Arizona: "Paper Boy" Plaza at Grant & Crawford. Nogales, Sonora: Plaza de las Banderas. Both sides begin at 4 PM.
Contact: Gustavo Lozano, 520.223.7308

4) July 30th in Bisbee: Silent demonstration in downtown old Bisbee across from Bank of America, 5 PM to 6 PM.
Contact: Patricia Hohl, 585.645.2606