Unite Arizona is seeking volunteers who can help pass out ribbons at the All Star game Sunday, June 9th, 2011.
The organizers ask you to text “Unite AZ Volunteer”. Please enter the date(s) you can join Unite Arizona!
On July 29th, 2010, the toughest anti-immigrant law in the history of the nation went into effect. Called SB 1070, it was passed by conservatives who had gained control of the Arizona legislature. In short, the law requires police to detain all person law enforcement suspects of being in the state “without documents”. It was an invitation for racial profiling from the start!
While Judge Susan Bolton blocked some of the worst parts of the law, several key features still remained. Others are in heated litigation which has cost Arizona millions of dollars to defend and forced a curb on government services including schools and health care.
SB 1070 is a law which on it’s face is evil and designed to bring about a division in various communities. Shortly after the law was penned into law, boycotts were announced. Immediately, several states agreed to boycott Arizona, costing it millions of dollars in convention business. The tax base has been significantly reduced and the real estate market in poorer Latino barrios went into a free fall.
Unfortunately, despite losing an ungodly amount of money for the business community, despite dramatic cut backs in government services, despite citizens protesting and going to jail, despite an out-of-touch legislature insists on full steam ahead with SB 1070.
Enter the All-Star Game. The 82nd season is scheduled to be played in Arizona. Even though immigrant’s rights groups pled with Bud Selig to move the game out of Arizona, Selig refused. His refusal is a discredit to the many players of color, whom have made the game what it is today. Selig’s decision is also a slap in the face for every citizen who opposes discriminating based upon national origin, race, sex, gender and financial status.
July 8th through the 12th is Allstar Fan Week. Activists ask people to wear a white ribbon in solidarity with those who suffer under Arizona’s climate of hate. It is a chance for every citizen to stand up and make a statement about an inclusive America while rejecting the notion this great nation is one for only of privileged. They call these kinds of people “All Stars” because they have the guts to stand up for what is right.
Please come out and be part of history. Please help pass out ribbons. Those who wear the ribbons have an excellent opportunity to tell others why SB 1070 has hurt the immigrant community so badly and why it and laws like it, including the ugly laws passed in Georgia, are bad for our country!
Please text the following number for more details and to become a Phoenix All-Star!
This day has two time slots:Sunday at 3pm and at 6pm.
Check the tweets on twitter: UniteAZ2011