Across the border, over the line
All together, now: ¡A la chingada with Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070!
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 making the Copper State’s greatest son, libertarian icon Barry Goldwater, no doubt wishing he was born in Utah.
A movement is underway 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 http://arizona-boycott.org for other companies to shun. 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 groups and organizations that deserve your attention, whether a monetary contribution, a kind note, or physical support.
Now, some of the good people of Arizona:
• Phoenix New Times: Sure, it carries my column from time to time, it’s the sister paper of the Mexican’s hometown OC Weekly and the base for the two drunk micks who own our parent company, Village Voice Media. But the 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 S.B. 1070. Their reporters past and present, especially John Dougherty, Paul Rubin and Stephen Lemons, have been the subject of intimidation, stonewalling, and harassment by Arpayaso solely because they’ve exposed Arpayaso for the taxpayer-waste of a pendejo that he is. Arpayaso knows how dangerous the 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. Go to www.phoenixnewtimes.com a million times a day to spur their readership numbers, which allows them to bring in more advertising and gives them 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 http://puenteaz.org.
• Somos America: A coalition of Arizona groups united for immigration reform, now understandably focusing on dismantling S.B. 1070. Visit http://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 http://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 S.B. 1070 a “national embarrassment.” The anti-Arpayaso.
Hopefully, I can return to this column’s usual obsession with little people and big-breasted women, but let’s help the good who fight evil in the belly of el Diablo. Again, people: ¡A la chingada with S.B. 1070!