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Children take to the Maricopa County streets to protest Sheriff Arpaio

LatinaLista — Maricopa County Arizona is used to seeing protests staged against their infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Yet, this Friday, there will be a different kind of protest against Arpaio in Maricopa County. This time, protesters will be marching with signs in hand that say things like “Sheriff Joe is retarded.”

Sound juvenile? Yeah, but what do you expect from a group of kids?
This Friday, at 11 a.m., about 40 children will participate in the Phoenix human rights organization Puente‘s “Children’s Walk for Family Unity.” Some of the children have had one or both parents apprehended by Arpaio during his “immigration sweeps” throughout Maricopa County.
The children will march with their homemade signs starting at the County Jail, going to the federal building and ending up in front of Sheriff Joe’s offices.
The march also has a cool theme: Monarch butterflies!
The children will be carrying or wearing butterfly wings as an analogy to the famous Monarch butterflies that make a yearly migration from North America to Mexico.
The butterflies represent a question that children torn between Mexico and the U.S. have been known to wonder about when wanting to know the answer to: “A natural migration for Monarch butterflies, why not us?”
(Editor’s note: Story tip by Michael Vargas)

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