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SB 1062 Protest and Protester Reactions

The cheering crowds and deep sound of drums urged the protestors on. Arizona’s controversial SB 1062 brought out thousands to protest and march at the Capitol on February 24, 2014. Governor Jan Brewer recently vetoed the bill on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Protestor holding signs

Photo courtesy of Ismael Lopez

The protest took place around 5:30 p.m. The setting sun provided a beautiful backdrop to marching concerned citizens with passionate and sometimes controversial signs and banners.

A protestor sign that says "I don't always protest but when I do it's because AZ Legislators have lost their minds."

Photo courtesy of Ismael Lopez

Thousands were in attendance to urge the Governor to veto this new legislation. Young and old marched around the Capitol, filmed by many local news stations, only pausing for an inspirational chant before reaching the Capitol building.

The bill, which passed the Senate on February 19, 2014, created a stir around the valley. Numerous businesses emailed Jan Brewer earlier in the week, asking her to veto the bill. Arizona’s Super Bowl 2015 hosting ability was also rumored to be at risk.

Protestors gathered at the Capitol building

This bill would have affected workers, as Arizona would have possibly lost a large amount of revenue in response to the legislation. Ismael Lopez, a protestor and employee of the food and beverage industry, spoke of his fears about the legislation.

“You can’t impose your beliefs on some one else,” Lopez said. He also talked about his fears regarding his job, fearing that the loss of tourism revenue would impact his own economic stability.

A number or churches and religious representatives were also at the protest, showing support for the protestors. I spoke to one local church that supported the vetoing of SB 1062.

A sings for the "First Congregational United Church of Christ."

Leif Oreinergansen of the First Congregational United Church of Christ church felt SB 1062 was “awful,” and “not supporting.” The church, which has a Sunday service at 10:30 a.m., is located at 1407 N. 2nd Street in Phoenix, Ariz.

With the fear of uncertainty now at rest, Arizona’s workers and those in opposition to SB 1062 can now breath a sigh of relief.

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