The new anti-immigration law in Arizona—which allows police to stop anyone they “reasonably” suspect of being in the U.S. illegally, and demand their papers—is an affront to basic American values.1
And a recent round of calls for repeal is coming from an unusual source: Major League Baseball players, nearly 30% of whom are Latino.2
Players are demanding that the 2011 All-Star Game be moved from Phoenix, AZ unless the law is repealed—and we’ve got to get their backs. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has the final decision on whether to move the All-Star Game, but he isn’t likely to listen to the players unless he hears from fans too.Our friends at MoveTheGame.org, a project of Presente.org, have launched a petition to urge Commissioner Selig to move the game—can you sign today? Clicking here will add your name:
The petition says: “Do what’s best for baseball: Move the 2011 All-Star Game unless Arizona changes its harmful and hateful immigration law.”
The Arizona law has outraged many ball players and fans alike. Among those who’ve spoken out against the law are All-Star Adrian Gonzalez of the San Diego Padres and World Series-winning manager Ozzie Guillen of the Chicago White Sox, and the MLB Players Association condemned the law last week.3
Given that Arizona stands to make upwards of $60 million from the All-Star Game, calling for a change of venue is a powerful demand both politically and economically.4
And there’s precedent here: in 1993, the NFL pulled Super Bowl XXVII out of Tempe, Arizona because the state didn’t recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We can do it again, and send a clear message to Arizona lawmakers that players and fans won’t stand for this new law.5
Our friends at www.MoveTheGame.org, a project of Presente.org and Fenton, will deliver the petition signatures to MLB headquarters, join with players, managers, and veterans to speak out, and make sure both Selig and the press hear the call that the game must be moved. Presente.org will also keep you updated by email about progress and further developments.
Can you sign MoveTheGame.org‘s petition today? The more folks who sign, the stronger the message—so click below to sign, then send this email to ten of your friends today.
Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Steven, Tim, Milan, Amy, and the rest of the team
Sources:1. “Arizona Immigration Law Threatens Civil Rights And Public Safety, Says ACLU,” April 23, 2010, ACLU.org
“Arizona Enacts Stringent Law on Immigration,” The New York Times, April 23, 2010
2. “Will All-Star Game Boycott Arizona?” ABC News, May 3, 2010
“Could immigration furor create positive evolution?” The Associated Press, May 3, 2010
3. “Adrian Gonzalez speaks out against Arizona immigration law,” The Chicago Sun-Times, May 3, 2010
4. “Can Major League Baseball Reverse Arizona’s Immigration Law?” Atlantic Politics, April 27, 2010
“Arizona Immigration Boycott Zeroes in on Baseball,” CBS News, April 29, 2010
“Will All-Star Game Boycott Arizona?” ABC News, May 3, 2010