Sharpton leads thousands in SB1070 march to state capitol

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX - Protesters led by Rev. Al Sharpton marched to the Arizona State Capitol on the evening of Cinco de Mayo.

They participated in a candlelight vigil to protest Arizona's new immigration law. It appears to be the largest protest residents have seen since Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070.

Rev. Sharpton told the crowd, “When you mess with our people, whether brown, white or black, it is my business!”

Rev. Sharpton came to Arizona and brought a massive crowd to their feet and led them on a march through the streets of Phoenix to denounce SB1070.

Gloria Renteria tells 3TV, “My mother marched in the 60s, 70s, 80s so we wouldn’t have to and here we are.”

The march from the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church to the Capitol was the finale of Sharpton's day on the Arizona stage.

Earlier in the evening crowds came out in numbers to hear Sharpton speak at a prayer service, where the emphasis was on uniting to overturn what is now the country's toughest anti-illegal immigration bill.

Robin Campell says, “African Americans had this experience before and now Hispanics are having it.”

Sharpton said the law promotes racial profiling, something its supporters have denied.

Sharpton says, “We have to fight wrong no matter who is the victim and who is the victimizer.”

Amidst it all, Sharpton took time out for the media, promising that, if necessary, he will be back on the eve of SB 1070 taking effect to march again. He said, “We will link arms and walk the streets with our brothers and sisters. The only document we’ll have in our pockets is the U.S. Constitution.”