(Distributed by the Green Party of the United States,

Arizona Green Party (AZGP) * P.O. Box 60173, Phoenix, AZ 85082 * (602) 417-0213


Media contacts:
Erik Andersen, AZGP Media coordinator, (623) 399-5490,
Angel Torres, AZGP co-chair, (623) 202-3747,
Celeste Castorena, AZGP at-large member, (602) 430-9714 (bilingual media


Phoenix, AZ—In honor of Mother’s Day, Arizona Green Party (AZGP) leaders &
mothers formerly oppose SB 1070 (Arizona’s new anti-immigrant legislation), and
call for comprehensive immigration reform. The AZGP leaders say that they stand
firmly for social justice for all those living in this country, regardless of
their immigration status.

Linda Macias, AZGP vice co-chair, mother, and Green Party candidate for the
Arizona State Legislature (House—LD 21) says, “We need major federal reform of
our immigration laws. Immigrants come to the United States in hope of a better
life. We need to give them citizenship now and write immigration laws that are
humane and just.”

Rebecca DeWitt, AZGP secretary, mother, and Green Party candidate for U.S.
Congress (CD 4) commented, “Government should protect and serve the individual,
not terrorize them. Our U.S. Constitution protects the rights of everyone in the
country, whether they are native-born or immigrant.”

The AZGP leaders also state that Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation does not
address the root causes of migration: poverty, lack of economic opportunity, war
and political conflict, and environmental devastation.

Angel Torres, AZGP state co-chair, Teamsters union steward, and Green Party
candidate for the Arizona State Legislature (House—LD 16) says, “As a Puerto
Rican/Xicano and life-long Arizonan, SB 1070 is an insult to me, my family and
the entire Latino community. To scapegoat or racially profile an entire
community does not solve the problem. Our economic and immigration policies need
to serve the interests of all working-class folks, not the interests of the

The Arizona Green Party (AZGP) encourages all Arizonans to join the grassroots
movement to overturn SB 1070, and organize for comprehensive immigration reform.
Our mission is to build and sustain an alternative, progressive political party
that promotes and practices the Ten Key Values. We do not accept corporate
donations and uniquely rely on the generosity of individual donors and
volunteers. The four pillars of the Green Party are Grassroots Democracy, Social
Justice, Non-violence and Ecological Wisdom.



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