Naeesa Aziz, BET, October 23, 2011
African-American and Latino community leaders in Alabama came together Saturday in an effort to unite the two communities against the state’s new strict immigration law that they say is tantamount to terrorizing immigrants.
In a rally titled, Alabama United: One Family, One Alabama, community members held hands and sung We Shall Overcome to build consensus for what they say are basic rights that new immigration law, HB 56, violates.
Speaking at the rally, Birmingham City Councilman Johnathan Austin called the new legislation unjust. “It’s time for us, as brothers and sisters, to stand up for righteousness, stand up for justice and stand up for equality,” he said.
Anthony Johnson of the Birmingham Metro NAACP likened the immigrant struggle to what Blacks once faced under segregation.
“We must work together, we must pray together, we must fight together, until HB56 is repealed,” Johnson told The Birmingham News.