On April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Janis Brewer (R) signed Senate Bill 1070, the most radical immigration legislation in the United States, effectively permitting racial profiling in the state of Arizona. The law requires police to demand immigration papers from anyone who they have a "reasonable suspicion" is in the country illegally. This blog will chronicle the major events regarding this racist and inhumane law.
We enthusiastically encourage a boycott of the State of Arizona until the law is repealed.


Arizona Boycott Round-Up

Veterans Today
"With Millions of U.S. Latinos in Boycott Mode, Will Arizona Get Hit by an Economic Tsunami?" (READ MORE)

National Catholic Reporter
"Groups around the country are calling for a national boycott of Arizona businesses, urging actions such as canceling conferences scheduled to be held in the state. To sign on to the boycott, check out the Latino advocacy group, Presente.org.

Greg Siskand on Immigration Law and Policy
"Boycott Arizona" is now the 47th most popular search phrase in Google and that is surely a sign that efforts to sanction the state are accelerating. That little factoid should DEEPLY worry those in Arizona who are dismissing the threat (including Governor Brewer). Every major television news network and most major newspapers had stories today on the subject. And the advent of social media sites could have a major impact. After just a few hours online, a new Boycott Arizona Facebook group had more than 10,000 fans.

Boycott calls were coming in from many fronts.

First and foremost, cities around the country are taking up resolutions to bar contracts with Arizona-based companies. Washington, DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles were some of the largest cities that began the process of considering boycotts. The President of the California Senate called on Governor Schwarzenegger to sever the state's economic ties with Arizona."

Fire Dog Lake
"A boycott against any state in this time where consumer spending is 70% of the economy is dangerous, but that’s especially so for Arizona, a tourist destination, with landmarks like the Grand Canyon and Sedona and the like. So this snowballing boycott threat will be very tough for the state to take, if it in fact occurs."(READ MORE)

From The Left
"Arizona has spoken: Gov. Jan Brewer (seen above) signed the bill on Friday making it a state crime to be in Arizona illegally and requires police and other law-enforcement agents to check the documents of people they suspect to be illegal. However, critics say the law will lead to racial profiling.

But calls to boycott Arizona have already begun and gone viral. Arizona lawmakers and Gov. Jan Brewer apparently didn’t think about this when they approved this draconian legislation some have compared to Germany in WWII, when Jews were required to produce papers when stopped or risk arrest — or worse..."

Black Voices
"During a public debate with Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, Rev. Al Sharpton called for an economic boycott of the state after a new law was passed that allows law enforcement to check anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant. I didn't know about the boycott at the time I spoke with Rev. Sharpton on the radio this afternoon, but I agree with his decision. While the citizens of Arizona have quite a few reasons to be frustrated by federal immigration policy, the act of legalizing racial profiling can be incredibly threatening to the freedoms of all Americans.

The reason that African Americans may want to support the boycott against the state of Arizona is that if black and brown people are being racially profiled in that state, this can open the door for additional profiling around the nation. Also true is the fact that many immigrants are black people coming from Haiti, Africa and other parts of the world. Dangerous laws like the one in Arizona would create an environment in which any person of color could be stopped and searched without just cause..."

"San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera drew parallels Monday between Arizona’s refusal to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the adoption of its new, controversial immigration law. By way of sending a strong message in protest, Herrera proposed that San Franciscans “assure that their [Arizona’s] isolation is tangible rather than merely symbolic” by boycotting the state both in terms of doing business with it and visiting it..."(READ MORE)