Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Immigrants Rights: Why Sheriff Bizzell Needs to Go

IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS: Why Sheriff Bizzell Needs to Go

The NC Justice Center has joined a broad coalition of organizations calling on the Johnston County Board of Commissioners to seek Sheriff Steve Bizzell’s resignation. Bizzell made numerous derogatory comments about Latinos that were reported in the Raleigh News & Observer earlier this month. In a letter to the commissioners, the groups argue that Sheriff Bizzell’s comments raise serious doubts about his and his department’s ability to enforce the law fairly with a blind eye to race, ethnicity or national origin. Organizations who signed onto the letter included El Pueblo, Inc., North Carolina NAACP, Black Workers for Justice and Latino Community Credit Union, among others.
If you haven't read Sheriff Bizzell's comments, check out the links below. And if you are as outraged as we are, make plans to attend

a prayer vigil on Sunday, September 28, at 3 p.m. in front of the courthouse in Smithfield.
TAKE ACTION: Sign the Online Petition Condemning Sheriff Bizzell's Derogatory Statements about Latinos

Raleigh News & Observer: Tolerance Wears Thin

Raleigh News & Observer: Activists Push for Johnston Sheriff to Quit

El Pueblo: Coalition of Organizations Condemns Sheriff's Bizzell's Recent Statements

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