Thursday, May 6, 2010
Dear Readers: All together, now: ¡A LA CHINGADA WITH ARIZONA’S SB1070!
For those of ustedes too occupied with your Drinko por Cinco hangover, the initiative (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 a civil liberties disgrace that is making the Copper State’s greatest son, libertarian icon Barry Goldwater, no doubt wish he was born in Utah.
A movement is underway to boycott the state and national companies based in Arizona like U-Haul and U.S. 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 arizona-boycott.org for other companies to shun. 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:
*Phoenix New Times: The New Times, more than any other news organization, has exposed best and longest the terrifying reign of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the intellectual godfather of SB1070. Their reporters 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.
*Puente Movement: The primary organizer of protests in Phoenix against Arpaio, it must frequently suffer bona fide Nazis hurling invectives at kiddies and peaceful people. Visit puenteaz.org
*Somos America: A coalition of Arizona groups united for immigration reform, now understandably focusing on dismantling SB1070. Visit somosamerica.org.
*Derechos Humano: 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. Visit derechoshumanosaz.net
*Border Action Network: Exactly what it sounds like. Visit borderaction.org