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The Site Unscene and Brave New Foundation partnered to launch street artist/activist LEBA’s “PROJECT: REMEMBER.” The project, which kicked off during The Downtown LA Art Walk, was created to raise awareness and honor the lives of the US soldiers lost in Afghanistan. LEBA led groups of volunteers in the evening hours of October 13th to release over 1,700 balloons, each lit and tagged with the name of a fallen solider, from the rooftops of downtown LA. The impressively sized project is aimed at raising public awareness of the lives lost at war, and also to encourage public action to support and engage in raising a voice to aide the return of our troops still in Afghanistan.

New Valley billboard warns of racial profiling

by Corey Rangel at ABC

PHOENIX – A new billboard set up protesting Arizona’s immigration law has a bold message for Phoenix drivers.

The billboard at 3rd Street and Camelback warns: “Have your papers ready – Racial profiling just ahead.”

A California organization, Brave New Foundation, paid for the sign by collecting online donations organized through a Facebook page.

The organization said it put up the billboard because it wants state lawmakers to know the fight against Senate Bill 1070 is not over even though a federal judge put most of the law on hold.

“We know the government and the folks that are behind this law are pushing forward and they’re not gonna stop. We know there are elections around the corner and this is an issue that will have an impact, at least in the discussion, so we believe if they’re continuing to fight, we must continue the fight as well,” said Axel Caballero, who established the fan site for Brave New Foundation.

Caballero said the organization carefully chose the location in Central Phoenix.

“We know the light rail is there, we know there’s tourism in the area, business in the area, and so we specifically targeted the area to make sure our message was available to the most varied and most amount of people,” said Caballero.

The online group, Cuéntame, raised $10,000 for the sign which will be up for about a month.

Caballero said the group will consider putting up more signs in other areas.

Phoenix PD investigates after officer posts video against SB 1070

By Eric English at ABC

PHOENIX – Facebook is home to millions of videos posted by its users, but one video recently posted on the social networking site is causing quite a stir in the Phoenix Police Department.

“I am a police officer in Arizona. I work for the largest jurisdiction, the city of Phoenix,” officer Paul Dobson said in the video as he expressed his concern over SB 1070.

“This law is pure and simple a racist law. It is focused on latinos,” he said.

While some of the comments he makes on video don’t match the way the law is written, it’s gathering thousands of hits.

The Phoenix Police Department is now investigating to determine if Dobson broke any policies in making the video, but the police union stands behind him, saying his speech is protected.

“He very clearly says in the taped interview that the opinions he’s expressing are exclusively his own,” Joe Clure of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association said.

They say the tape doesn’t represent any misconduct.

The department brass disagree, saying they don’t want officers to engage in media discussions without approval — especially on such charged issues.

“What we look at as an organization is do you have your supervisor’s permission to make the media appearance, and more importantly, are you being professional about it is this part of the image that we want to uphold, is the information being portrayed accurately and professionally,” Sgt. Trent Crump said.

They say it doesn’t matter what the topic is, officers should not engage in public political debates.

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