Youth and the Two Futures of Arizona

Posted by Joel Olson on March 23, 2011

As spring heats into summer in the desert, two Arizonas fight for supremacy. One, lodged in power in the Arizona State Capitol, drafts anti-immigrant and “fiscally responsible” bills with glee. It is old, it is white, it is dour and narrow. The other protests these bills from outside the capitol walls. It is young, it is largely brown, it is hopeful but it is angry, and it aims to clash with the old Arizona. On Thursday it earned its first victory.

SB 1070: Una Lucha del Pueblo

Posted by Por Joel Olson on September 18, 2010

En la lucha contra la ley infame, anti-inmigrante, anti-latino, y anti-clase obrera SB 1070, una persona puede estar tentada a verla como conflicto entre los actores élites de la política arizonense: los legisladores, gubernadores, sheriff, redactores periodísticos, juezes, abogados, y organizaciones sin fines de lucro. Esa impresión sería lógica, pero equivocada. La lucha verdadera es del Pueblo.

Miracles, Democracy, and the Fight Against SB 1070

Posted by By Joel Olson on September 11, 2010

One by one we go around the room. We state our name and why we are here at this meeting, seeking the repeal of SB 1070 and other anti-immigrant laws. “I want to keep my family together.” “I believe in human dignity.” “I’m afraid my family will be broken up.” “I believe in freedom for all people.” “I want a resolution to this problem.” “I want a new world.”

Nativism and Fascism

Posted by By Joel Olson on September 11, 2010

I didn’t go to the pro-SB 1070 rally on the lawn of the Arizona capitol this weekend, even though I was in Phoenix. (I live in Flagstaff, about two hours north.) It was a rare beautiful day in June and the grandparents had the kids, so we went to dinner and a movie instead.

"Organizing at Ground Zero"

Posted by on September 11, 2010

This is an interview with Repeal member Joel Olson about Repeal's work.

New Arizona

Posted by Joel Olson on September 10, 2010

In the midst of the Arizona state government passing the most outrageous anti-immigrant law since the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, several happenings pass unnoticed by the national media. At a packed Flagstaff City Council meeting discussing the law, waves of people declare publicly that they are undocumented, practically daring law enforcement officers to arrest them.

History of the Repeal Coalition

Posted by Repeal on May 11, 2010

Began in Flagstaff in November, 2007 with the developing of the resolution.