Rosario Dawson, Eva Longoria team-up to challenge Arizona Immigration Law

August 8th, 2010 - 4:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Aug 8 (ANI): ‘Desperate Housewives’ star Eva Longoria-Parker, Rosario Dawson, Wilmder Valderrama and a handful of other celebs have come together to take a stand against the Arizona immigration law.

“I haven’t made it a secret that I’m strongly opposed to the Arizona law and I’ve been pretty vocal about it,” quoted Parker as saying in the PSA for Voto Latinos & Mun2’s ‘United We Win’ campaign.

“It’s unfortunate that this immigration issue has been on the national agenda for the past three administrations,” she said.

Dawson, who co-founded Voto Latino in 2004, said that she brought the stars together to persuade youngsters to get involved in fighting for Arizona citizens’ civil rights by visiting the polls on November 2.

“We recognize that this isn’t just a Mexican issue or a Latino issue… There are people blogging and Tweeting for everything, from the BP spill to education and healthcare,” said Dawson.

“We’re all buzzing about these things, but unless we’re actually marching to the polls, nothing is going to actually change,” she said.

Under the current Arizona law, Longoria-Parker said she worries that racial profiling would lead to discriminatory pursuits of legal citizens.

“I think the biggest misconception is that everybody who is dark or of color is from somewhere else. I’m ninth-generation American. I’m more American than a lot of my Anglo friends,” she said.

“If my father got pulled over because of the color of his skin, I could guarantee you I would be outraged.”

That’s exactly why Valderrama said it’s so important to spread the word and take action now.

“We’re really trying to inspire our younger community, of any demographic or culture,” the actor said.

“If we don’t inspire them to understand the platform they have today, we’re going to have two or three more presidencies and we’re going to be playing catch-up to other mistakes. It’s now or never.”

Other celebrities contributing to the campaign — which will debut in September — include Jessica Alba, hip-hop star Common, Amy Smart and Entourage actress Carla Gugino. (ANI)

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