Media Advisories

    Media Advisory
June 25th, 2012

Statement from Executive Director Jeana Frazzini in response to the Supreme Court’s Decision to uphold SB 1070

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Arizona’s show me your papers law (SB 1070) moves us in the wrong direction

[Portland] Basic Rights Oregon’s Executive Director Jeana Frazzini released the following statement today

The Supreme Court ruled today to uphold SB 1070, Arizona’s “Show me your papers law”. The ruling upheld the provision in the law that allows police officers to determine immigration status whenever they hold an ill-defined “reasonable suspicion” that a person is undocumented.

Frazzini explained that, “Gay and transgender Oregonians know only too well how it feels to fear for the security of our families and community, and also know that we thrive when we are able to live without fear of being profiled and harassed.  Policies like SB 1070 divide our communities and threaten Oregon values.  We believe in inclusive policies that protect all of our rights and encourage the participation and contributions of everyone.  Arizona’s law and the Supreme Court’s decision moves us in the wrong direction.”

Frazzini continued, “Basic Rights Oregon has a deep and abiding commitment to supporting immigrant rights. We have a long history of working with CAUSA, Oregon’s largest immigrant rights organization on moving both immigrant rights and gay and transgender rights forward.  Together, we will mobilize our communities to hold policy makers who support racial profiling accountable and will work to create an Oregon that lives up to its promise of equality.”

Background: Our commitment to racial justice is reflected in our ongoing political education to our base, and in centralizing LGBT people of color in each of our program areas.  Today, we have increasingly multi-racial leadership in our organization, a track record on racial justice, and a reputation for being a dependable ally. We do this work because our mission is to serve the entire LGBT community, it is strategic, and because it’s a matter of equality.