Thursday, May 6, 2010
Flagstaff High School and Middle School Students Stage Walkout to Protest SB1070
Flagstaff, AZ -- In an act of civil disobedience, 70 students from 5 Flagstaff schools walked out of their classes to protest SB1070. At approximately 12:00 p.m., students from Coconino High School, Sinagua High School, Flagstaff High School, Mount Elden Middle School, and Mountain English Spanish Academy walked from their schools to Flagstaff City Hall and rallied for migrant rights.
Prascilla Cardona, a student from Coconino High School stated, "We are doing this because we know that the law is not fair. I have a lot of family and a lot of friends and its going to affect them. We think this law is not cool."
Some students walked more than 3 miles to join the rally.
A student from Sinagua High School who gave only her first name Alexandra stated, "Were all human, we should all have the same rights. We're walking out because this law might bring many consequences. A lot of people are moving because of this law and its not fair. We should be treated equally."
The protest caught the attention of Flagstaff Mayor Sarah Presler who walked out of City Hall and addressed the crowd, "While on a short term perspective this is an important thing your'e doing, your education and being in class and being respectful of your education, maybe not a teacher, maybe not a system, but being respectful of your education is of high value to me."
Flagstaff City Council passed a resolution and voted unanimously to take legal action challenging SB1070 the previous night. 500 people showed up to the council session to voice their concerns and support the City's stand against SB1070.
Presler stated that she wasn't criticizing the students actions of civil disobedience but expressed concern for the lack of civility and ignorance that lead to SB1070. Presler then urged the students to go back to school.
Students discussed the mayors statements and then continued to rally chanting, "What do we want? Justice!" and "Si Se Puede!".