AZ Diamondbacks Protest. First Organizational Meeting at Nahui Ohlin Store. Thursday 13th 6pm
1511 W. Sunset Blvd.
Echo Park, CA 90026
(Three Blocks from Dodgers Stadium!)
THURSDAY MAY 13TH 6PM
**JOIN US FOR THE FIRST COORDINATING MEETING FOR OUR PLAN OF ACTION, THIS THURSDAY THE 13TH, AT NAHUI OHLIN STORE**
Debate over SB1070 rages on, and actions of solidarity have taken place.
Chicago protested Wrigley Field, where a loyal Cubs fan ripped up his ticket and refused to attend a game with the Diamondbacks organization. Owner Ken Kendrick has made empty statements of his disagreement with the bill, yet remains a top contributor to the Arizona Republican Party, whom spearheaded it’s passage. Talk is cheap, and his money speaks louder.
Los Angeles wasn’t far behind, when the We Are All Arizona group staged a coordinated Civil Disobedience, blocking entrance and exit from the Downtown Federal Detention Center, where the rounded-up are being held. 14 were arrested, in a show of sacrifice for Arizona’s Civil Rights, and for those of additional, potential states looking to pass similar legislation; Nevada, Colorado, Utah, and although the cities of Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco, in California, have declared disapproval of Arizona’s actions (including boycott), Maricopa (AZ) County’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio has made numerous appearances of endorsement in Orange County (where he was met with loud objection).
May Day (1st) demonstrations -a day for workers rights- had people in the hundreds of thousands marching with chants of “We Are Arizona!”, on the streets, nationwide. Numbers unseen since 2006, when HR4437, a similar resolution, criminalizing people of color, invoked outrage and action.
The call to Boycott has come from INSIDE the state, by Rep. Raul Grijalva. From New York to the White House, statements have been made in disapproval. Prominent sports figures have chimed in too. The San Diego Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez said he would not play in this year’s All Star game, in Arizona, as long as this bill stood. Arizona’s own Phoenix Suns made clear they wore ‘Los Suns’ jerseys not just for the week of festivities, but to let “the Latin community know we’re behind them 100%.” (http://www.facebook.com/l/12f14;edgeofsports.com). White Sox Manager, Ozzie Guillen put it best, stating that if Arizona authorities stopped him based on the color if his skin, he would likely tell them to “go (bleep) themselves”! (http://www.facebook.com/l/12f14;nypost.com). Even the MLB’s players union has come out against the bill.
Actions within the state of Arizona continue, and Diamondbacks protests are in play in numerous other cities.
The debate is far from over, and Los Angeles’ chance for outward actions comes again on May 31st, when Ken “put my money where my mouth isn’t” Kendrick’s Diamondbacks visit Dodgers Stadium.
*JOIN US FOR THE FIRST COORDINATING MEETING, THIS THURSDAY THE 13TH AT 6PM, NAHUI OHLIN STORE, AND PLAN FOR ACTION, IN SOLIDARITY WITH ARIZONA.*
Martin Luther King wrote, in a letter from a Birmingham jail, arrested in Civil Disobedience, against the Segregated Jim Crow South, where being a person of color was a crime, “injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere”.
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Forwarded message from Protest/Boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles.