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Arizona Rednecks Plan Murrieta-Style Ugly American Protest in Oracle, AZ

immigration reform5 UPDATEs at the end.

Two Oracle facilities may be sheltering unaccompanied migrant children soon– one in midtown Tucson at Oracle and Drachman and one tucked into the Catalina Mountains in Oracle, Arizona.

While liberals in Tucson are welcoming the children and touting the 250 jobs the migrant shelter and processing center will bring to a struggling part of the city, rednecks north of town are planning a Murrieta-style ugly American protest to greet 40 children who could be housed at the Sycamore Canyon Academy on the back side of Mountain Lemmon. (KVOA story here.)

You’ll remember that several days ago Murrieta, California made headlines when the mayor called for citizens to show their outrage against migrants coming to their town, and the citizens did just that– protesting and blocking the road, with the assistance of local police.

Now the ugly Americans want to stage a repeat in sleepy Oracle, Arizona.


Breitbart News on the national level and Seeing Red Arizona on the state level are pumping up the hype against 40 unaccompanied children being housed at a facility for trouble youth outside of rural Oracle. According to these two sources, Oracle protests are planned for tomorrow– July 15– and for Saturday, July 19.

According to the Canadian Free Press, 170 “anti-amnesty” ugly American protests are being planned around the country for July 18-19– including four in Arizona (two in Phoenix, one in Kingman, and the one in Oracle, Arizona.

For more background on the refugee children from Central America, check out these articles:
UN, Progressives Urge Refugee Status for Migrant Children, while GOP Wants Speedy Deportation

 ACLU Files Suit on Behalf of Refugee Children

 A Truly ‘Christian’ Nation Would NOT Deport Refugees (video)

Immigration Blow-up: 1000s of Children Flood the Border

America’s addiction to illegal drugs and cheap labor are the cause of illegal immigration

UPDATE 1: For those of you who know Oracle, it’s not a redneck town. It is a “mixed” community (red, blue, and other).

Oracle liberals are planning a refugee event for July 15 also:

We will be gathering at the post office land (aka The Triangle) at 6:30 am this Tues. [July 15] morning to deliver a message of compassion and welcome to the migrant children who we understand will be taking up residence at Sycamore Canyon Academy.  Please do share/invite/forward to open hearts.

UPDATE 2: The Phoenix New Times is reporting that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu tipped off conservative Oracle, Arizona residents about the movement of child refugees to the Sycamore Canyon Academy, thus sparking the dueling planned events for early Tuesday morning. Story here.

UPDATE 3: From Facebook, more lefties are organizing to greet the children the way children should be greeted… with love.

Looks like an Angel Intervention is needed in Oracle tomorrow. We are meeting TONIGHT [July 14] at the Global Justice Center at 6:30: 225 E. 26th St., South Tucson, AZ, 85713 #WeAreNotMurrieta #ProtectAllChildren #AngelProject

UPDATE 4: PDA Arizona has issue an action alert for progressives to go to Oracle to greet the refugee children with a warm “Bien Venidos” to Oracle. From PDA…

We are gathering on land right next to the Oracle Post Office in the center of town.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 15th @ 6:30 am
WHERE: Oracle Post Office parking lot.
CONTACT: Roberto Reveles, Somos America 480 – 983-8611

The bus, assuming it arrives as speculated, will pass near but not right by the location. Probably easiest way is to take 60 to Florence Junction then 79 thru Florence all the way to Oracle Junction (before Catalina). From there, turn up highway 77 to the first Oracle turnoff as marked. Come thru town right by the Oracle Inn to a triangle of land that includes the Post Office. You can park on the road or in the P.O. lot. You’ll see us by a big bill board we use for local purposes.

There is a crazy Tea Party group planning to stop the bus if they can. The local Tea Party has been agitated and is working with Sheriff Babeu. We’re steering clear of that situation.

Our message is simple and clear: Compassion for the wellbeing, and respect for rights of these children. These children are refugees and all as victims of adult decisions, are our principle concern. We will be bringing simple signs (Bienvenidos a Oracle, etc) and seek to define an alternative to the fear based panic that is rampant. There may be some media but they will be most attracted to the possible confrontation with local vigilantes on the road to Sycamore Canyon Academy. At some point, not necessarilytomorrow, religious leaders will seek to determine the condition of the camp and its humanitarian needs.

UPDATE5 5: The angel wing people are coming. Wear white.

Angel intervention tomorrow in the town of Oracle. Training tonight at 6:30, Global Justice Center, meet Tuesday morning at Southside Presbyterian Church 5:30 AM to carpool to Oracle. Wear white as we welcome these refugee children!

26 comments on “Arizona Rednecks Plan Murrieta-Style Ugly American Protest in Oracle, AZ

    July 15, 2014

    Rednecks? REDNECKS? Isn’t that a derogatory term to describe uneducated, beer swilling, flag waiving idiots who are dumber than a mud fence? I guess the author is not from Arizona, and probably has never been here. Immigrants entering this country should have to go through legal channels to stay here, like others before them. I am NOT A REDNECK by any stretch of the imagination, and grouping people with opposing views to yours in a scathing way only goes to prove your own stupidity and malice towards educated, sophisticated, knowledgable citizens… Like myself and my Wife. Oh yeah… In terms you might understand… You are a fucking idiot.

  2. sheila dee
    July 15, 2014

    We support you 200%!!

    Please join our group on facebook at “Stand For Murrieta” so we can ban together and take our country back.

  3. Pamela Powers Hannley
    July 15, 2014

    It was a calm day in Oracle today. There were more supporters ready to welcome the refugee children, than there were anti-immigrant protesters. Sheriff Paul Babeu’s men were out in force, and the “Arizona State Militia” was armed and ready to help. No one blockaded the road. The two protest groups were separated by a few miles of desert road. Babeu estimated 150 total. All of the Tucson and Phoenix TV stations, the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Sentinel, Arizona Public Media, Tucson Weekly, multiple bloggers, and tons of people with cameras and smart phones recorded the scene. Watch for a story, photos and video here and on Blog for Arizona. Check out my live Tweets and live photos @p2hannley.

  4. Hugh Janus
    July 15, 2014

    I guarantee you if a right-wing president were doing this, liberals would be on the other side. 0bama’s actions are a sad “war on America”.

    • Pamela Powers Hannley
      July 15, 2014

      Doing what? I have no idea what you are talking about. DHS, HHS, and the Obama administration are following the 2008 law signed by President George Bush and passed by nearly 100% of the Congress.

  5. Steve
    July 15, 2014

    I am all for the progressives going out to welcome the children with love. By love I am sure they mean adoption papers. They want to reach out with love to these children, but at the end of the day, they want nothing to do with them…..nothing. They are fine greeting them with hugs and candy and smiles and butterflies but when it comes to really taking care of them, they want someone else to do it. Of course in progressive land, that is the government. You know, the government who cannot do anything right………….no matter who is in charge.

    I think it is great Pamela Powers Hannley wants to help these kids. I applaud her compassion. Please don’t ask me to participate. I don’t hate the kids……I just don’t want to have to work to support them. I don’t want them trucked, bussed or flown to my town. We have too many kids already who needs which are not being met….lack of parents, lack of funding, lack of skills to be productive members of society.

    • Pamela Powers Hannley
      July 15, 2014

      We have too many kids whose needs are not being met because we are paying billions in corporate welfare every year. Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, GM, the oil and gas industry, the Koch Brothers, etc– need to get off the government teet. The average CEO pay is $12 million in the US. They can afford to pay taxes.

      • gargamello
        July 15, 2014

        Sure, corporations aren’t paying their share, but institutions (gov or private) aside, anyone with means can materially help these kids. Don’t feed the federal government by asking them for anything. They are the same clowns (R and Ds alike) who allow CEOs the tax shelters you mention.

        Step out, take a personal risk, and inspire others.

      • Antiobamunist
        July 15, 2014

        Nice set of Straw Men you have there Dearie. The Koch Brothers, really?
        Are those the same Koch Brothers that gave Millions of Dollars to the United Negro College Fund? You know, the Organization that helps AMERICAN CITIZENS get a College Education. Oh those Evil Koch Brothers, how dare they share their wealth with causes they support.
        BTW Dearie, the Koch Brothers are Libertarians, People who I disagree with on many Issues, but as Americans they have a Right to support who they like. Did you know as Libertarians they are Open Border Supporters? I’ll guess you didn’t since you apparently don’t know much.
        BTW Dearie, “Immigrants” are invited and are expected to Comply with our Laws or face Deportation. Illegal Invaders, the people you seem to have a love affair with, are Criminals who have ignored our Laws just like your Messiah Obama.
        Now, put your money where you mouth is. Take all the locks off your Doors and put a “Welcome Invaders” sign in your Front Yard. Be sure you and your Family have all your Vaccinations up to date just in case.
        Good God, what a Maroon.

      • snafubar
        July 16, 2014

        Obama’s bankster buddies. Better send him a letter.

  6. cristo
    July 15, 2014

    “Rednecks,” really? Belittling your opposition will win you no converts.

    • Pamela Powers Hannley
      July 15, 2014

      Check out Robert Skiba’s comments to multiple news outlets about the Oracle anti-immigrant protest. Sounds like a redneck to me.

      • Antiobamunist
        July 15, 2014

        A Redneck would save you sorry Butt if he saw you getting attacked by one of Obama’s fantasy Son’s playing the Knockout Game with the silly White Girl (you).
        A Liberal Metrosexual (not a Redneck) would record the attack on his iPhone and Post it to Social Media.
        It must be wonderful to live inside your Utopian Bubble.
        What a Maroon.

  7. gargamello
    July 15, 2014

    How does the arrival of these unaccompanied children create jobs? I fail to understand how homeless orphans can HELP business.

  8. Sasha
    July 15, 2014

    So then everyone who disagrees with your view gets called a ‘Redneck’ based on one man’s statements? Fine, let’s fine a La Raza supremacist who agrees with -you- and use that to call you all racists.

    Because in truth, that’s what you are … giving SOME people a pass on the law based on the color of their skin. Singling people out for differential treatment based on their race and/or ethnicity? So last century. Time for you ‘progressives’ to ‘move on’.

  9. JR
    July 15, 2014

    The problem is that unlike 19th and 20th century immigrants, today’s Latin American (and Asian) immigrants come from countries with a history of socialist governments. Thus, these immigrants will eventually become voters and continue to vote for an expanded welfare state, which will eventually bankrupt the country. I am reminded of the economic maxim, “things that can’t last, don’t. This is going to end badly.

  10. Pamela Powers Hannley
    July 15, 2014

    You guys are whining about semantics and ignoring the issue. Yesterday the first 15 refugee minors (ranging in age from 18 months to 16 or 17 years old) were flown back to the city with the highest murder rate in the world. We have doomed those children to death. How is that OK? For the Christians out there, what would Jesus do?

    • Antiobamunist
      July 15, 2014

      They were flown back to Chicago? LOL
      Do you really think that America, now $18,000,000,000,000 in Debt can support the World because other Countries are messed up? What about taking all the North Koreans in? Their Government kills it’s own people every day, the ones that aren’t starving to death.
      BTW – Guatemala is NOT Spanish for “Auschwitz”.

    • snafubar
      July 16, 2014

      What did Jesus say to do?

      “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”

      We are a nation of laws, and lawbreakers.

  11. LiberAlsarelosers
    July 15, 2014

    If fences don’t work, why is there one around the White House?

    Show YOUR love libtards and adopt these abanondoned children now. Hypocrites.

  12. Mary
    July 16, 2014

    Pamela, you have no love for the people of Oracle. Your underlying statement about kindness and intimidation doesn’t portray your antics in Oracle. You don’t care what happens to Oracle, AZ, at all. You are taking public pleasure in a most unloving way to intimidate the residents of that fine place. Why not go to Ohio and convince Ohians to take in people that will drain their stretched budgets and swell in numbers to bleed dry the towns they are in?

    What would Jesus do? You are mocking religion. You use the state, which you support uncritically, to mock decent people. These tactics are to persuade??? I don’t think so.

    The arrival of thousands and thousands of people, many children, at the borders has been organised by people who mock you, rubia. The cartels and human traffickers are making use of you, anyway. They have no respect for you. They would be happy to see your house burn down.

  13. snafubar
    July 16, 2014

    Because it’s so “progressive” to give away American jobs to illegal aliens, rather than than to poor Americans in dire need of a job.

    That’s about as anti-American as it gets. Progressive? My arse.

  14. snafubar
    July 16, 2014

    “Arizona Rednecks Plan Murrieta-Style Ugly American Protest in Oracle, AZ”

    “Redneck?” How open-minded and progressive.

    How about “Concerned Arizona Citizens Plan Murieta-style Pro-Constitution Protest in Oracle, AZ?”

    Now that’s the truth. Why do “progressives” (regressives, really) hate the US Constitution?

  15. Lorena
    July 16, 2014

    The fact that the author of this article labels people as ‘Rednecks’ shows her mindset. The term Redneck is as offensive as any other racist label. There’s no difference between using the N word and the R word, both are meant to demean and degrade.

    • Pamela Powers Hannley
      July 16, 2014

      Look at the language used by these commenters– sexist, demeaning, hate-filled. Redneck– if the shoe fits, wear it. I deleted the comments that were just threats and name calling.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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