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Arizona immigration law inspires art exhibit PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 August 2010 00:00

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) -- The flag of Arizona, skeletons and the Statue of Liberty are just some of the images evoked by a group of artists to give life to their views on Arizona's new immigration law.

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Annie on Offense PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 December 2008 00:00


In the wake of the passage of Prop 102 in Arizona, Phoenix activist Annie Loyd has helped organize several successful demonstrations in reaction to the anti-gay prop.

First, there was a march on November 15 that drew thousands in downtown Phoenix. Then a 1,000-person demo in Glendale, which was initially organized to counter a planned protest by Kansas gay-hater Fred Phelps' virulently homophobic Westboro Baptist Church but turned into a sort of pro-gay marriage, gay rights love-in when WBC didn't show. And, finally, a candlelight vigil across from the Mormon Arizona Temple in Mesa, on the night the temple's popular Christmas light display opened.

"Today is a new day," Loyd told The Bird recently. "It's about the people, not the politicians."

Feathered Bastard Gay-Bashin' Westboro Baptist Church Punks Out of Glendale Picket PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 November 2008 00:00

Full article by Stephen Lemons - The good-natured crowd was led by organizer and activist Annie Loyd, head of a group called Be a H.E.R.O., the acronym standing for "Human and Equal Rights Organizer." Loyd also recently helped organize a massive protest of the passage of Prop 102, Arizona's anti-gay marriage amendment, in downtown Phoenix. She didn't seem the least bit let down that the Westboro haters never appeared.

"We know Fred [Phelps] threatens to show up all the time and he doesn't," she told me as the demonstration was beginning to break up. "This time we mobilized the community. We packed the play. And that probably wouldn't have happened otherwise. We turned all these people out. And this is what we're going to continue to do. You know, we've ignored people like him for so long, we're not going to ignore them any more."

Community activist Annie Loyd addresses demonstrators.

Loyd also believed that the large number of protesters she was able to garner for the event is indicative of a building backlash against Arizona's passage of Prop 102.


"It's Pandora's Box," Loyd insisted. "We've awoken the sleeping giant. We've been patient. We've been waiting for society to catch up. It was one thing to wait. It's another thing to come after us and attack us. We're not going to tolerate it."

Rally for Rights Phoenix Arizona PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 November 2008 00:00

On November 15, 2008 Community activists brought together more than 5000 members of an outraged Phoenix community to rally for human rights in the streets of downtown Phoenix, Arizona.







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Gay-marriage bans spur protest in Phoenix PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2008 00:00


by Astrid Galvan - Nov. 16, 2008 12:00 AM The Arizona Republic.

Donavon Goodsell of Phoenix celebrated his 67th birthday on Saturday by marching for gay rights at a rally that drew a large group from the gay community and its supporters.

Goodsell has been in a relationship for 42 years and he said it was now time for marriage rights.

Goodsell was one of close to 2,000 people who gathered in Phoenix to protest the recently adopted Prop. 102, a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage in Arizona.

The rally, which began at the Cesar Chavez Memorial at Phoenix City Hall and ended at the Capitol, was also a part of national protests against California's Prop. 8 and other measures that outlaw gay vows.

The protests were organized by Join the Impact, a grass-roots movement that said about 300 cities were participating in the marches.

Nearly 1,000 people demonstrated in downtown Tucson on Friday night to protest Prop. 102, which was approved by 55 percent of voters. Pima County was the only Arizona county in which a majority of voters disapproved of the measure.

In Phoenix, the effort was lead by Annie Loyd, a community activist and a member of Be A Human and Equal Rights Organizer, a local movement.

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