Arizona Governor Jan Brewer set off a firestorm of condemnation when she signed the radical anti-immigrant SB 1070 into law. Not only did the law make Arizona a national--and--international embarrassment, it also inspired influential organizations and individuals to make it clear that Arizona would not be rewarded for legalizing hate.
On Friday, Alpha Phi Alpha, the fraternity of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thurgood Marshall, joined the growing list of organizations and individuals boycotting Arizona after Governor Jan Brewer signed the radical anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, into law.
Alpha Phi Alpha President, Skip Mason, said in a statement:
"It was the full opinion of the board that we could not host a meeting in a state that has sanctioned a law which we believe will lead to racial profiling and discrimination, and a law that could put the civil rights and the very dignity of our members at risk during their stay in Phoenix Arizona."
"Our late Alpha brother the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, in a letter he wrote while sitting in the Birmingham Jail, 'injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' Alpha Phi Alpha's decision to boycott Arizona continues that same fight, fought during the Civil Rights era."
City leaders from all over the country refuse to do business with Arizona
St. Paul, Minnesota
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman ordered all city departments to immediately cease any official travel to Arizona and is urging the chairmen of both the DNC and the RNC to encourage them to not choose Phoenix for the sites of their national conventions.
"We are a country of immigrants - and SB 1070 is an affront to our constitution and the values we hold dear as Americans. It's not worthy of who we are as a people - and it's certainly not worthy of the investment of any city dollars being spent in Arizona. "
San Francisco, California
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, himself a son of immigrants, on Monday called for a sweeping boycott of the state of Arizona and Arizona-based businesses by the San Francisco municipal government.
"Just as it did two decades ago when it refused to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Arizona has again chosen to isolate itself from the rest of the nation. Our most appropriate response is to assure that their isolation is tangible rather than merely symbolic."
Washington, DC Councilmember Michael A. Brown plans to introduce a resolution calling on the city government to boycott Arizona business.
"Anything where government is sponsoring any sort of profiling that I believe is racist, we have to take a stand against as the nation's capital."
Minneapolis Mayor, R.T. Ryback called on city employees to cease travel in Arizona, expressing concern for the safety of travelers in the state.
"In my opinion, this is a terrible law and I do not want any public dollars to be spent there. Furthermore, I am deeply concerned that this terrible policy could put our City employees who might be traveling there on official business at risk of being unlawfully racially profiled, detained or harmed."
Denver Public Schools has banned all district-sponsored work-related travel to Arizona. Superintendent Tom Boasberg said that district employees are all legal, but officials don't want them to be subjected to potentially arbitrary, discriminatory stops or harassment.
Baseball Fans Boycott the Diamondbacks and Urge MLB to Pull the 2011 All-Star Game from Phoenix
Protesters have already begun picketing Arizona Diamondbacks games in Colorado and Chicago, joined with calls to boycott the team altogether. The New York Times reports that Congressman Serrano is urging MLB to pull the 2011 All-Star game from Phoenix, much like the AFL did when AZ refused to recognize the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are dead to Nation sports writer, Dave Zirin:
"This will be the last column I write about the Arizona Diamondbacks in the foreseeable future. For me, they do not exist. They will continue to not exist in my mind as long as the horribly named "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act" remains law in Arizona. This law has brought echoes of apartheid to the state."
The Washington Post's Robert McCartney plans to boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks when they play his home team, the Washington Nationals.
"Until reform arrives, we need to show Arizona how much its law offends us. My Washington Nationals schedule shows the Diamondbacks come to town Aug. 13 for a three-game series. I expect I'll have something else to do that weekend."
Arizona Loses Convention Business
Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) has asked organizations planning events in Arizona to cancel their plans and move conferences and conventions elsewhere. Organizations are answering his call. According to the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, since the immigration law was passed, the valley has lost six different conventions.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association vowed to boycott Arizona and canceled their upcoming convention in Scottsdale, AZ. Tuscon lawyer and former AILA chair Mo Goldman said,
"Right after the bill was signed, our board of governors had an emergency meeting and voted on whether or not we would keep the conference in Scottsdale."
The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators together with the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and canceled their upcoming conferences in Arizona.
"This misguided legislation will likely subject countless people to unwarranted harassment. In a demonstration of our disapproval, we have decided to hold our annual Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Conference, which was to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, elsewhere," stated NBCSL President, Representative Calvin Smyre (GA).