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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Boycott Arizona

For those of you who have been thinking to yourself, "Well, they are illegal," regarding the recent immigration bill passed in Arizona, shame on you for supporting an effort that creates a legal sanctuary for racial profiling. This should especially not be tolerated in a country that has long struggled to fight prejudice against skin color. Not only is it a giant step backwards in terms of understanding "race relations", but it gravely undermines the efforts our federal government has been trying to make towards effective immigration reform, a crucial, albeit complex issue to conquer.

I strongly urge you to boycott the state of Arizona, not exclusively from a Mexican American female perspective, but from the view of an adult who is baffled by the contradictory strides this nation makes towards improving the way its citizens treat each other. And I know there is a reader thinking Well, the citizens won't have anything to worry about. Just the illegals... But this law creates an environment of fear (and the U.S. is no stranger to the culture of fear), a dangerous climate where any person that looks the part is subject to being targeted in their own home, solely by virtue of their appearance. I've seen the word draconian sprinkled in every news site and read the debates over whether analogies to Nazism are appropriate from pro to con and back, and I can't say either of these references are entirely erroneous. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what you call it, just what you do about it because the whole affair is anything but progress.

Below are some links worth checking and a short list of companies that contribute to Arizona's economy, and if you click here you'll get an alphabetized list of AZ based businesses.

Immigration Rights
National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights
American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona

Arizona Based Companies

2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
Apollo Group (University of Phoenix). Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona Diamondbacks, Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Best Western International, Inc., Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Cold Stone Creamery. Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Dial Corporation, Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Discount Tire Company (America's Tire Company). Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Go Daddy. Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Grand Canyon
Mesa Air Group (Mesa Airlines, Go!, Freedom Airlines). Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
P. F. Chang's China Bistro. Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
PetSmart. Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Sky Mall, Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Taser International, Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
U-Haul. Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
US Airways. Headquarters: Tempe, Arizona

Gracias a Joel Tena for the list


  1. CSK Auto was bought out two years ago and is headquartered in Missouri. O'Reilly's owns them now.



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