A caravan of 11 buses will leave Dodger Stadium bound for Phoenix at dawn on Thursday, when Arizona’s SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law is scheduled to take effect. On board will be about 550 union members, church and community groups, according to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, which is sponsoring the trip. Plans are for participants to attend a community forum with Phoenix civic and police leaders and join a march to the capital.
It will be a quick trip: Many opponents to SB 1070 support an economic boycott of Arizona, so the group will eat breakfast before crossing the state line and, rather than stay overnight, plan to return to Dodger Stadium by midnight. (Supporters of the Arizona measure, who are planning their own events in Phoenix over the weekend, have taken the opposite tack when traveling there to demonstrate, encouraging participants to shop to their hearts’ content.)
The Dodger Stadium caravan leaves following a “blessing of the buses” by clergy between 4 and 5 a.m. Thursday.