“GRAN PARO ARIZONA 2010”
Call to Boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball Team
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Arizona [Phoenix] Contact, Tony Herrera, 602.920.3784
Arizona [Tucson] Contact, Isabel Garcia, 520.770.1373
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Illinois Contact, Carlos Perez, 773.567.5567
Texas Contact, Jesse Díaz, Jr., 213.725.1714
AMERICA, there is no doubt about it; the Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the top contributors to the Republican machine in Arizona that have unanimously voted for the draconian Arizona State Proposition SB1070. This bill will encourage the open racial profiling of “brown people” in a state that has already been racially profiling immigrants for years beginning in the early 2000s when Sheriff Dever and his wife allowed and oftentimes encouraged Arizonan ranchers to “hunt down” border crossers in Cochise County. Sheriff Arpaio the most dastardly and venomous law enforcer that state has perhaps ever employed has done nothing short than terrorize the Latino community across Maricopa County, with the support of former governor, Janet Napolitano, who worked alongside him during her tenure. She was, according to the testimony of Sheriff Dever, contemplating calling in the National Guard early last year, months into her new position.1 She has, under the leadership of President Obama, expanded the 287G Program that has been used as another instrument of terror on our community.
SB1070, voted into law on Monday, April 19th, 2010, has yet to be signed into effect by Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, but everyone around the country is clear that she will. The law will not only allow for law enforcement officers to randomly stop “brown people,” it will also give them the authority to fine undocumented immigrants $500, and if a citizen witnesses any officer fail to stop, harass, probe, or approach anyone that does look “undocumented,” that person could sue the police officer for failing to carry out his or her duty per the law. And, according to others, there will be an Arizona identification card which, if you look like an immigrant, you better be able to produce one and if unable, you will be in jeopardy of being imprisoned until you can prove you are a US citizen. So, outsiders beware!
According to some researchers, finding meaningful solutions to immigration issues is not easy; there are some efforts that may unintentionally have a negative impact on public safety. Such is the case with SB 1070. Under SB 1070, all local police officers would be required to investigate the immigration status of anyone with whom they make “legitimate contact” and have a “reasonable suspicion” that they may be present in the country unlawfully. Under such a policy, victims of crimes and witnesses are much less likely to report crimes because of a legitimate fear that they will be deported. Other areas of concern with SB 1070 include language that may compel law enforcement agencies to ignore more pressing criminal matters in favor of doing a much larger amount of immigration enforcement. Local police are facing potential budget cuts and need discretion as to how to best focus their efforts in protecting the public. Finally, it is worth noting that SB 1070 creates a crime of trespass for all undocumented immigrants. A second trespass offense is then elevated to a felony. Many undocumented immigrants were brought to this country at a very early age and are here through no fault of their own. SB 1070 will treat these people as criminals, even if they have committed no other crime.2
Since the Monday vote, 9 students from around the state have been arrested at the state capitol in protest. Organizers from around the state have mobilized in solidarity of the immigrant community in Arizona, some from as far as New Jersey. Clearly, there will be immigrant rights organizers from around the country mobilizing to AZ in the coming days to monitor the targeted discrimination and further repression of the immigrant community there once the bill is signed. It is clear our community understands the gravity of this bill and the consequences it has for other communities around the country. It will naturally be challenged in the court system, but who listens to the courts and Department of Justice in Arizona anyway? Even organizers in Arizona are leery of this process. In the meantime, if a neighbor that has had problems with a “brown brother or sister,” in the past, he can call the police, and if the police does not respond, he or she can be sued, and this can happen amongst family members.
In a press conference on April 20th, 2010, Representative Raul Grijalva called for a national boycott against the state: “Do not vacation and or retire there.” Many of us rarely vacation, and will probably retire where we reside, but we do go to major league baseball games, or know friends or family that do. Therefore, we call on the Latino and immigrant communities to support a targeted boycott on corporations that have funded the campaign to further repress our community; that is a boycott that will target known contributors to the Republicans that passed this law. A targeted boycott should be launched immediately to show the economic power of our community, and we can participate right in our own communities. Boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks NOW! Our power is economic, Labor and Consumption.
We can support the boycott when the Diamondbacks come to play in our cities across the country, namely where there is a heavy concentration of Latinos and immigrants, namely Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, and New York. For those of you who attend Dodger games, the audience is always roughly 80% folks of color, and we’re sure it is the same elsewhere, so this would have huge ramifications for sales of tickets and merchandise if supported by our communities. You can view when they are coming to a town near you at http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=ari&m=4&y=2010. We have compiled the donations from this family to the Republican machine in Arizona, outlined next.
In 2010, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s 3rd highest Contributor was the Arizona Diamondbacks, who gave $121,600; furthermore, they also contributed $129,500, which ranked as the 18th highest contribution to the Republican Party Committee; and, they gave the 20th highest contribution to Senator McCain—$9,400.3 In USA Today, Ken Kendrick, managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, said he doesn’t expect anything for his donations to Arizona Senator John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, stating “I hope to get a good leader for our country.”4 Well, he has to be held accountable for giving to a machine that has targeted immigrants in Arizona, and now the immigrant community in Arizona, and beyond must act to target them in a national boycott against their team. Senator McCain openly supported the bill on Tuesday, obviously because he is slipping in the polls to JD Hayworth, a reactionary Republican that has supported the antiimmigrant legislation since its inception- they are now neck in neck in the fight for the Arizona senate seat.
Arizona Diamondbacks Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick (AKA Earl G. Kendrick, Jr.) and his family members, EG Kendrick, Sr., and Randy Kendrick have made significant and considerable contributions to further the Republican agenda totaling $1,023,527. Their total contributions in 2009 and 2010 have been substantial and are as follows: Earl G Kendrick, Jr. (Ken Kendrick), Diamondbacks Managing General Partner contributed $30,400 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2009 and $30,400 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2010; Mrs. Randy P. Kendrick contributed $30,400 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2009 and $30,400 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 20105.
The Kendrick family owned business, Datatel Inc, which is affiliated with the Political Action Committee (PAC), AZ Free Enterprise Club (Formerly Freedom Club PAC), Committee #200602784, has also been a source of political contributions to the Republic agenda, such as a $25,000 contribution to Senator and Republican Whip, John L. Kyl6.
To note, the top five contributors in favor of AZ Proposition 202 in 2008, another antiimmigrant proposal were heavily from the business sector in Arizona, we will keep a watch on these businesses when the list of funders to push SB1070 is released: They include Wake Up Arizona! Pro-Business Organizations $802,634, Western Growers Association Farm Organizations or Cooperatives $35,000, AdCorp Inc. Restaurants & Drinking Establishments $10,000, Arizona Cattlemen’s Association Livestock $10,000, and Pepsi-Cola of Tucson Non-Alcoholic Beverages $10,000; TOTAL $867,6347
Let’s Keep a Close Eye on Who Funded the SB1070 Legislative Attack!
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