You've heard about the boycott; now try the buycott
Dear Readers: All together, now: ¡A LA CHINGADA WITH ARIZONA'S SB1070!
For those of ustedes too occupied with your Drinko por Cinco hangover, the initiative I mentioned (signed a couple of weeks ago into law by Arizona's governor) gives immigration powers to the state's police officers and sheriff's deputies and allows them to stop and question anyone they think looks like an illegal immigrant. Besides being the most blatant invitation to racially profile Mexicans since the sombrero, it's also a civil liberties disgrace that is no doubt making the ghost of the Copper State's greatest son, libertarian icon Barry Goldwater, wish he was born (and died) in Utah.
A movement is under way to boycott the state and also national companies based in Arizona, such as U-Haul and US Airways. A boycott of the state worked back in the 1990s, when Arizonans refused to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a state holiday, and it should work now: Visit www.arizona-boycott.org for other companies to shun (and if you're a baseball fan, don't forget to root for your team when they play the reprehensible Arizona Diamondbacks, whose owners shower millions on Arizona's retrograde politicians). But I also want to urge a buycott: There are good people who have been fighting the Know Nothings in the state for decades, who constantly get threatened and who need our support. Below is a partial list of the good people of Arizona, groups and organizations that deserve your attention, whether a monetary contribution, a kind note or physical support:
*Phoenix New Times: Sure, the paper carries my column from time to time, is the sister paper of the Mexican's hometown OC Weekly and serves as the base for the two drunk micks who own our parent company, Village Voice Media. But Phoenix New Times, more than any other news organization in the country, has exposed best and longest the terrifying reign of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the intellectual godfather of SB1070. Its reporters past and present, especially John Dougherty, Paul Rubin and Stephen Lemons, have been the subject of intimidation, stonewalling and harassment by Arpayaso and his goons, solely because they've exposed the sheriff for the corrupt, taxpayer-waste of a pendejo that he is. Arpayaso knows how dangerous New Times is: He once had my patrones, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, arrested on charges so spurious he had to release them within a day. Click on www.phoenixnewtimes.com a million times a day to spur its readership numbers, which allows the company to bring in more advertising and gives it more fuel against that pinche Arpayaso.
*Puente Movement: Not to be confused with the fine Puente Project, which helps California students advance to universities, the Puente Movement has been the primary organizer of protests in Phoenix against Arpayaso and must frequently suffer bona fide Nazis hurling invectives at kiddies and peaceful people. Visit www.puenteaz.org.
*Somos America: A coalition of Arizona groups united for immigration reform, now understandably focusing on dismantling SB1070. Visit www.somosamerica.org.
*Derechos Humanos: Fighting the same fights as the other groups, but from Tucson. Know Nothings despise the group's head, Isabel Garcia, which means we should anoint her the next Dolores Huerta. Visit www.derechoshumanosaz.net.
*Border Action Network: Exactly what it sounds like. Visit www.borderaction.org.
Clarence Dupnik: Sheriff of Pima County, which includes Tucson, has called SB1070 a "national embarrassment." The anti-Arpayaso.
I hope to return soon to this column's usual obsession with little people and big-breasted women, but in the meantime, let's help the good who fight evil in the belly of el Diablo. Again, people: ¡A LA CHINGADA WITH SB1070!
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