Sunday, May 02, 2010

Who Hasn't Cancelled Their Shows In Arizona?


Yesterday Joe Garcia, a Cuban-American running for the Miami-Dade House seat abandoned by a fearful Mario Diaz-Balart, tweeted that he was proud to have gone to the immigration reform march in Miami. I'm proud to be supporting his campaign. And in Washington Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) was arrested outside the White House, chanting "Si se puede". Here in L.A. there were something between 50,000 and 100,000 marchers downtown, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Cardinal Roger Mahony, both of whom spoke at the rally afterwards.

One man in the crowd wore a white T-shirt with black block letters reading "Todos Somos Arizona" or "We are all Arizona." Another bobbed a sign over the crowd with a swastika scrawled in between the names of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who strongly supported the new law. 

And, of course, thousands of people rallied in Phoenix and Tucson as well. A friend of mine told me he didn't go because the sheriff's thugs are too violent and out of control and he was afraid for his physical safety.
Latino activists, students, laborers and mothers with children in strollers met on the state Capitol lawn under the eye of Arizona authorities standing watch and videotaping the event from the roof of the state Senate building.

Meanwhile two industries that could suffer severely from Arizona's decision to go the police state route are tourism and sports. Frommers has already warned tourists to think twice before traveling to Arizona because of the self-righteous and violent nature of many of the inhabitants. Conventions are pulling out of Phoenix, which has invested very heavily in that business. The Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association said six organizations had already canceled conventions. And now major league baseball is the next front in a growing war which is asking people who believe in American values to stay away from Arizona Diamondbacks games.
"The Diamondbacks are like ambassadors from Arizona to the rest of the country, and the world for that matter, and we want fans to stay away until the law is rescinded or neutralized," said Tony Herrera, an activist with a national group calling itself the Great Arizona Boycott 2010.

Herrera said his group is urging fans to refrain not only from going to Diamondback games, but also from buying the club's T-shirts and other merchandise. He said activists would form picket lines to pressure fans not to attend a game in Chicago against the Cubs scheduled for Thursday.

The Diamondbacks had no immediate comment on Tuesday.

Arizona is home to an estimated 460,000 of some 10.8 million illegal immigrants in the United States and form the backbone of a shadow labor force that works in industries ranging from construction and agriculture to restaurants and child care.
Calls for an Arizona boycott spread beyond the state.

On Tuesday, California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat, called on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to do everything "legally possible" to sever the state's economic ties with Arizona.

In Los Angeles, a city councilwoman introduced a resolution calling for America's second-largest city to end all contracts with Arizona-based companies and "stop doing business with the state." It followed similar calls by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Monday.

There is also a vibrant music touring industry in Arizona and so far none of the groups have canceled their shows. Some of the ones still scheduled are:
*Drive By Truckers at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson on May 5
*The English Beat at Club Congress in Tucson on May 25
*Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix on May 29
*Robert Randolph at the Rialto in Tucson on June 9
*Los Lobos at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale on June 10 (Hey guys, bring your passports)
*Cake at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on June 18
*Kings of Leon and Built to Spill at the Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix on July 10
*Patty Griffin and Bettye LaVette at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix on July 20
*Elton John at the Tucson Convention Center on July 21

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At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Benito said...

I will tell you what I have seen these last few days I saw our beloved Stars and Stripes flag, the flag from Mexico and some flags from other countries. I saw children, parents and grand parents together in solidarity, my people the working class, they may not be sophisticated but they got the message heard. From publish reports the demonstrations included both US citizens and undocumented workers. This brought me a smile because I always enjoy seeing brothers helping brothers.

This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn't stop to help him. Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the "I" into the "thou," and to be concerned about his brother.

You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"

But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"

As I see it, we should stand-up against a law is passed in anger and is against our Constitution/ Bill of Rights/ Declaration of Independence and is targets a specific group.

God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need. When our judgment comes I know God will not discriminate by country of origin as men do.

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I am most surprised to learn that Cake is still touring.

OK, no, but seriously, thanks for this update. It's good to know who's still going to AZ, and what's going on in and outside of it to draw attention to, and eventually halt, this terrible, unconstitutional law. Good on you for joining the march.

At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Balakirev said...

For all that Elton John's music leaves me with an extreme desire to regurgitate my last three meals, he's usually supportive of causes like this. I wouldn't be surprised if he does cancel, and soon.

At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Bil said...

Thanks Howie and can we get an update on this as there are or aren't cancellations?

I'm guessing that it is not easy to get out of some of these contracts.


At 9:20 PM, Blogger chase_robertson said...

I think all the illegals should go back home and leave their jobs for citizens. Then we would see the unemployment rate drop, as all the people who now say they cannot find a job can mow lawns, wash dishes, clean restrooms and do all the stuff none of us wants to do. Try going to the unemployment office and asking for money when there are pick up trucks in front looking for ANYBODY to do a job. It would take just one day and all these people screaming about illegals would shut up and be thankfull for what they have.


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