Groups opposed to Arizona’s tough new immigration law said Tuesday that they were planning “civil disobedience” on July 29, the day the legislation takes effect.
Alfredo Gutierrez, organizer with the group Somos America and a former state senator, declined to specify what the “civil disobedience” would be, but emphasized it will be nonviolent.
Gutierrez characterized the protests as acts of defiance and hope for the Hispanic community.
The groups plan to hold a candlelight vigil at the state capitol downtown, march to a nearby church at 4:30 a.m. for a nondenominational service and then to the federal courthouse, they said.
“One should understand the actions on the 29th are, to a great degree, actions we take to inspire our own community, give hope to our own community, against those who want us to leave the state, against those who are doing anything possible to separate our families, tear apart our communities,” Gutierrez said. “We will disavow these laws, and we will do everything possible on a nonviolent basis to change these laws.”
A federal judge could decide to block the law from taking effect pending the seven legal challenges it faces. The groups said they will still demonstrate if that happens before July 29.
The groups also urged people to refrain from buying anything on July 29 as an economic protest of the law.