By Dan Weiss
On Saturday February 28th, I joined thousands in Phoenix, Arizona to march against America’s most hated Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. The four mile long march was the latest step in bringing national attention to Arpaio’s blatant civil and human rights violations.
Men and women of all ages attended the event with shirts, signs, and banners expressing their outrage. Small children showed their pride, holding signs reading “We are Human” and wearing “un-sentenced” t-shirts. Police watched and listened as chant after chant blared, and fist after fist pumped.
Although peaceful, tension was high as the march came toward Sheriff Joe’s office in the Wells-Fargo building.
Arpaio supporters made a little plan of their own, and met us head on to protest our march. A few hundred of them showed up with signs in support of their bigot leader.
They booed and yelled at us as we walked by, embarrassing themselves by yelling things like, “Mexico is the other way!” or, “This is our America!” For the most part they were rather nonthreatening, I assumed that most of the big bad minutemen stayed home, scared of what might happen when the hunter becomes the grossly outnumbered hunted.
The March concluded with famous rocker/emcee Zack De La Rocha addressing the crowd with words of support and encouragement. It was a great day, a positive moment for the oppressed and the profiled, with Phoenix stepping four miles closer to its freedom.