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Will Utah Follow Arizona?

July 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Lawmakers in Utah are heatedly arguing the necessity of an immigration law similar to the one implemented in Arizona. The law known as SB 1070 was implemented in Arizona recently to deal with the problem of illegal immigration. From the time it was announced, the law has caused controversy and some lawmakers in Utah want none of that in their State.

The core premise of SB 1070 is basically that a person upon questioning must prove that he or she is a citizen of the country. This means that they have to carry papers proving their legality in the country. Although it sounds straightforward enough, it is the practical implementation of the law that has everyone worried. Like it or not, any dark skinned person is likely to be racially profiled and questioned. This amounts to harassment at the very least.

Lawmakers in Utah who are against the same law being implemented there say that it will cause a massive negative economic effect within the State. They say that detaining illegal immigrants, deporting them, dealing with separated families, verifying the immigration status of people are just some of the massive costs that taxpayers will have to bear. They say that at a time when the State is struggling to keep the education system afloat, costs such as these are absolutely unnecessary.

However, proponents of the law say that something needs to be done proactively to deal with the existing illegal immigrant population as well as the expected influx of illegal immigrants as they flee Arizona.

How to Organize a Protest

June 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

f you care about something deeply enough you will feel compelled to do something about it. But sometimes your cause will require action that is a little more aggressive than usual. This does not mean that you have to resort to violence; instead, it means that you should find a more visible way of making your concerns known, like through a protest march.

The first step is to figure out whether you are going to be vocal about it (shout it out) or be silent and let other measures do the talking (e.g. sit in’s, placards, etc.)

The next step is to set the stage for the march. This involves educating the people about the issue. The more they know about it, the more they will take note of the march when it actually happens. This will also ensure that the message gets spread exponentially, because the education process will get people talking. Talk to all media channels (e.g. TV, Radio, Newspaper etc.) that are available in you city and try to get them to participate in spreading the message.

visibility is key. A park, busy city center etc. are great places to stage the protest. However, if a specific location is connected to your protest then use that because it will be more effective (e.g. the beach – if combating sea pollution is your cause).

Let figureheads do the main talking. Celebrities who support your cause or city councilors should be the key speakers at the protest. They are likely to be given more attention by the public at large as well as the media. The leaders of the protest should focus more on pepping up the protesters.

Stay legal. Ensure that all aspects of the protest are cleared with local law enforcement authorities. You should also assign key figures to control the protesters on the day of the protest to avoid incidents. Decide with your key co-protesters on how any disruptive behavior from your fellow protesters will be handled and communicate this to them on the day of the march.

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