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Boycott Arizona for anti-immigrant SB1070

By Gustavo Arellano
Posted // May 5,2010 -

Dear Readers: All together, now: iA la chingada with Arizona’s SB1070!

For those of ustedes too occupied with the your Drinko por Cinco hangover, the initiative I mentioned (signed a couple of weeks ago into law by Arizona’s governor) gives immigration powers to the state’s police officers and sheriff’s deputies and allows them to stop and question anyone they think looks like an illegal immigrant. Besides being the most blatant invitation to racially profile Mexicans since the sombrero, it’s also a civil-liberties disgrace that might be making the Copper State’s greatest son, libertarian icon Barry Goldwater, no doubt wishing he had been born in Utah.

A movement is under way to boycott the state and national companies based in Arizona, such as U-Haul and US Airways. A boycott of the state worked back in the 1990s, when Arizonans refused to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a state holiday, and it should work now—visit for other companies to shun (and if you’re a baseball fan, don’t forget to root for your team when they play the reprehensible Arizona Diamondbacks, whose owners shower millions on Arizona’s retrograde politicians). But I also want to urge a "buycott"—there are good people who have been fighting the Know Nothings in the state for decades, who constantly get threatened and who need our support. Below is a partial list of groups and organizations that deserve your attention, whether a monetary contribution, a kind note, or physical support.

Now, some of the good people of Arizona:

Phoenix New Times: Sure, they carry my column from time to time. But the New Times, more than any other news organization in the country, has exposed best and longest the terrifying reign of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the intellectual godfather of SB1070. Their reporters past and present, especially John Dougherty, Paul Rubin and Stephen Lemons, have been the subject of intimidation, stonewalling, and harassment by “Arpayaso” and his goons solely because they’ve exposed “Arpayaso” for the corrupt, taxpayer-waste of a pendejo that he is.

Flagstaff Live! and the Tucson Weekly: They carry my column—enough said. 

Puente Movement: It’s been the primary organizer of protests in Phoenix against “Arpayaso” and must frequently suffer bona fide Nazis hurling invectives at kiddies and peaceful people.

Somos America: A coalition of Arizona groups united for immigration reform, now understandably focusing on dismantling SB1070.

Derechos Humanos: Fighting the same fights as the other groups, but from Tucson. Know Nothings despise the group’s head, Isabel Garcia, which means we should anoint her the next Dolores Huerta.

Border Action Network: Exactly what it sounds like.

Clarence Dupnik: Sheriff of Pima County, which includes Tucson. Has called SB1070 a “national embarrassment.”

Hopefully, I can return to this column’s usual obsession with little people and big-breasted women, but let’s help the good people who fight evil in the belly of el Diablo. Again, people: iA la chingada with SB1070!

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Posted // May 10,2010 at 12:22

Reading SB1070 is a must before you decide to Boycott or buycott. I do not think that taking your money else where is a good way (in this economy) to show your disdain for a law that had no influence from companies headquatered in Arizona. Take your money elsewhere and most likely layoffs will occur. We don't need more jobless people in Arizona or around the country. After having read SB1070, I found most of it deals with the penalities employers will recieve when they hire "aliens". And in SB1070, it says the officer or agents must have cause to ask for status, the "alien" must be doing something illegal in order to be questioned about their immigration status. SB1070 also deals with forcing the government agencies that give out aide to people to verify that those asking for aide are eligible to recieve aide and depending on your immigration status you may or may not be able to recieve public benefits (just like if you make over a certain limit of money you cannot get assitance with healthcare or food stamps even though you may really need it). The state is broke (as are many other states) and the state is going to raise the sales tax to pay for public services (police, firemen, etc) and to help pay for public schools. SB1070 does not discriminate against one type of illegal immigrant, it encompasses them all. If you are from Ireland you should be careful as well to not do anything illegal or else you could be asked to prove your status when caught doing something illegal.