Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks at F.A.M.E. Churchâ€™s press conference to denounce Arizonaâ€™s SB 1070 that targets immigrants.
F.A.M.E. Church stands with LA Mayor
"We are calling for an economic boycott of the state of Arizona" said Pastor John J. Hunter, Senior Minister of First AME Church of Los Angeles. In a bold display of unwavering solidarity, Pastor John J. Hunter and his wife First Lady Denise Hunter stood with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa at a press conference to protest the passing of Arizona Senate Bill 1070. The controversial bill threatens the civil rights of our immigrant community."We are standing with our Latino brothers and sisters by calling on the State of California, organizations within the state, and our fellow citizens to speak with their economic clout by participating in the boycott of Arizona," said Pastor John J. Hunter to a crowd of supporters. "We are also urging other states across America to do the same. We denounce this law as immoral and unpatriotic."The press conference was held at FAME Church on Sunday, May 2, 2010 and attended by church members, local residents, community activists and elected officials including Kamala Harris, District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. Pastor John J. Hunter and Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa led the event and fielded questions from the media on the bill."It is particularly important in these times, that an African American Pastor stand alongside a Latino Mayor and say, "Not in this town, not in this City of Angels, not in this church -- the first church of our civil rights community," said Mayor Villaraigosa who addressed the congregation at the 10:00 a.m. service. "We've got to stand up and say we're tired of being divided; it's a broken immigration system, but that's the wrong way to fix it," said the Mayor.District Attorney Harris, who is also a candidate for the office of Attorney General of California, spoke passionately against SB1070. Passed in late April, the Arizona bill authorizes police officers to stop suspected illegal immigrants and demand proof of citizenship."We cannot support a state that has enacted a law which we believe will lead to racial profiling and discrimination, and a law that could put the civil rights and the very dignity of law abiding citizens at risk," said Pastor John J. Hunter. "First we call for prayers, and then we lift our voices against injustice, this is what the Lord has instructed us to do; it is symbolic of our collective resolve to stand as a city, a state, and a nation of progressive people."To view exclusive video footage of the press conference visit www.famechurch.org