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Somos America formed in response to anti-immigration hate legislation and Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s raids on businesses and the Latino community. Sheriff Arpaio’s officers arrested hundreds of undocumented men and women at their work place, in their homes, and while driving “brown”. As a result, Somos America led many protests and marches, including in the largest political demonstration in Arizona’s history on April 10, 2006.

In 2010, the passage of Senate Bill 1070 gave Sheriff Joe Arpaio permission to arrest undocumented immigrants at will. As a result, several marches were scheduled to call national attention to the horrors immigrant families were experiencing under this law. Somos America was a leader in organizing the marches against SB 1070. One march exceeded 200,000 people from all walks of life and from many states and countries, but it wasn’t enough to stop the raids in our communities. Somos America then successfully lead the economic boycott of Arizona. Millions of dollars were lost through this boycott and it along with many other actions from many organizations, the government finally brought the raids to a halt.

Somos America coalition partners and individual members have worked together in the fight for racial and economic justice for all Arizonans regardless of immigration status for the past eleven years. Below our just some of our activities. You can help us by volunteering, becoming a member, or donating!


What do we do?

  • Educate the undocumented community on their rights, U.S. and Arizona laws.

  • Shine a light on the harmful effects of unjust federal, state and local anti-immigrant laws and policies.

  • Provide emergency aid to children and families ensnared by state and local laws and policies.

  • Promote civic participation and community leadership in immigrant communities throughout Arizona.

  • Encourage a positive relationship between law enforcement agencies and immigrants at the local and state level.

  • Work with the Community Advisory Board to monitor implementation of the courtroom monitoring program of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Monitor local, state, or federal bills to promote legislation that supports immigrant rights and oppose those viewed as discriminatory or otherwise harmful to the immigrant community.

  • Coordinate participation of members with calls to action and advocacy training.

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