Sharpton to join Wednesday night immigration protest in Phoenix
The Rev. Al Sharpton will join actor Danny Glover, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Hispanic leaders Wednesday to protest Arizona's new immigration law.
Organizers plan to gather at 6 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., near downtown Phoenix and then hold a candlelight procession to the Capitol. Participants will then join a vigil at the Capitol in protest of the new law.
"When some attempt to racially profile groups of people and legalize bigotry, it’s time to take immediate and ardent action," Sharpton wrote on the National Action Network website.
"For it’s Hispanics today – and tomorrow it could be you."
Also taking part in the rally will be Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and leaders from more than 30 community groups.
Those opposed to the law, which makes it a state crime to lack immigration papers and requires police to determine whether people they stop are in the country illegally, say it will result in racial profiling.
Supporters say the state has done what the federal government has failed to do, crack down on illegal immigration.