For organizers like Celeste Faison, the fight for civil rights isn't limited to the U.S.-born black community. It also extends to immigrants who experience hardships caused by what she sees as the nation's broken immigration system.
"Our struggles are not necessarily the same in every aspect, but our experiences are similar," said Faison, who is the black organizing coordinator for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Faison was among the group of women who traveled to Arizona on Wednesday to discuss how immigrants in Arizona - especially women - are affected by immigration laws, including the state's controversial SB 1070. The trip came on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the signing of SB 1070, which allows police officers to question the immigration status of individuals who they believe are in the country illegally.
The law was challenged all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck many of its provisions, but upheld the provision on questioning individuals about their status when reasonable suspicion exists, which some referred to as the "Show Me Your Papers" provision.