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SB 1070 Has Been Bad for Arizona and Worse for Mexicans, But It Inspired a Year’s Worth of Great Art


On the morning of April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law. Later that day, an artist named Nomas threw 10 posters and a few spray cans into his bag, grabbed a bucket of paste, and jumped on his bike.

A few hours later, images of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a military uniform with a swastika on his forehead and stenciled Hitlers saluting “SB 1070” were pasted and painted on public walls, light poles, and the backs of street signs in downtown Phoenix.

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Published: Phoenix New Times, April 2011