Tom Ammiano Mangles Profane Spanish at Unique Immigration Rally (PICS)
|Tom, what are you saying?|
A picturesque group positioned in front of the Federal Building today called upon California Attorney General Jerry Brown to allow San Francisco to opt out of the S-COMM program, which runs the fingerprints of everyone booked into county jail by the Department of Homeland Security's database in order to identify illegal immigrants.
"So Mister Brown, show me your papers! I'm not going to support this program in San Francisco." Ammiano then recited a strange, nonsensical Spanish phrase for the Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer: "Yo necesito estudiar para pendejo!" What does that mean? Well, literally, it would be something like "I need to study to asshole," or something like that. "I think what he wanted to say is you can't study to be an asshole," Renee Saucedo of La Raza Centro Legal later said. "I think that's his comedian side coming out." Whatever he meant, the crowd laughed. Oh, Tom.
Guillermina Castellanos, coordinator of La Raza's Women's Collective (holding papers above), blasted S-COMM for making immigrants afraid of the police: "Secure Communities should be called terrorized communities!"
|Could this guy get into a White House party, too?|
Protesters said S-COMM and SB 1070 would create a "police state." This protester in a lucha libre mask took it even further, equating Obama with Nazis on his poster. Best way to make friends and influence people, in our experience. Compare them to genocidal dictators. And wear funny masks.
|No Juan Crow!|
These protesters didn't like the Jim Crow laws one bit - "Leyes Juan Crow" en espanol. "Enough already with racism!" the banner reads.
|San Francisco's queers hate you, too, Arizona.|
Activists including La Raza Centro Legal's Day Labor Program director Joel Aguiar are worried that the city's proposed sit/lie ordinance could create a direct pipeline to deportation. Police and Mayor Gavin Newsom have said repeatedly that the controversial ordinance on the November's ballot will not target day laborers. But if police were to arrest day laborers under the ordinance for sitting down, their fingerprints would be checked against the federal database as part of the Secure Communities program.
|Think you need Secure Communities to keep SF safe? Actually you just need this guy.|
Etiquette hint: Remove your mask before entering the Federal Building.
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