Rally Against 'Sanctuary Cities' Law Draws Protestors From Across the State to San Antonio

click to enlarge Rally Against 'Sanctuary Cities' Law Draws Protestors From Across the State to San Antonio
Monica Simmons

On Monday, protestors gathered outside the federal courthouse in San Antonio to rally against the controversial Senate Bill 4, which some have called the state's new "show me your papers" law, saying the measure discriminates against immigrants and people of color.

"Together we are going to go into this court and tell the judge that this law is discriminatory, and we reject that," attorney Mimi Marziani said in a press conference outside the courthouse. Marziani, an attorney for the Texas Civil Rights Project, represents one of the many plaintiffs that have so far filed lawsuits against SB4. The first hearing in the case was slated for Monday morning in federal court.

"[We are going to tell the judge] that this law will make our communities less safe, and we reject that. That this law will lead to families being needlessly torn apart, and we reject that," Marziani told the crowd.

The rally brought together groups from San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas, as well as from smaller communities, including groups like MOVE San Antonio, RAICES, Workers Defense Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, San Antonio Alliance of Teachers, United Here, Texas Organizing Project, Pax Christi, La Union del Pueblo Entero, and more.

From the courthouse, a group of about 300 people then started to wind their way through downtown, shouting chants like, "No SB4, no hate, no racist U.S.A."

Eventually, the rally reached the Hyatt hotel downtown, where organizers had planned a "teach-in."

Amid speeches, Jose Garza, executive director of the Texas Worker's Project, stepped away to tell the Current, "I think it's pretty clear that when Governor Abbott signed SB4, he didn't just incite a legal battle, he's incited a popular uprising.... in communities large and small, in every corner of the state, [the protest] is only going to continue to grow."

Watch sacurrent.com for more updates on the Monday's court hearing.

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