Civil Rights Groups Announce Boycott of Arizona

In the wake of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s decision to sign SB 1070, state legislation that will in practice lead to racial profiling as accepted police practice, the undersigned organizations join a growing number of groups across the country in taking a stand against this radical law.  We have agreed to take five major steps to protest the injustice that this law will perpetrate. Specifically, the undersigned organizations will:

  • Not hold any conventions, conferences, special events, or major meetings involving significant travel to Arizona from out of state, while this law is in force.
  • Strongly discourage their affiliates, chapters, or members from holding any conventions, conferences, special events, or major meetings involving significant travel to Arizona from out of state, while this law is in force.
  • Widely disseminate the adverse consequences of this legislation to their key stakeholders, for the purpose of encouraging informed judgments regarding whether stakeholders should hold, convene, sponsor, or otherwise support any conventions, conferences, special events, or major meetings involving significant travel to Arizona from out of state, while this law is in force. Such stakeholders include, but are not limited to:
    • Other civil rights and social justice organizations
    • Churches and religious organizations
    • Unions and other worker representatives
    • Corporations and trade associations of businesses
    • Representatives of federal, state, or local government, including trade associations representing such governments
    • Student groups
  • Call on all other major American institutions to consider choosing alternative locations for conventions, conferences, special events, or major meetings already scheduled involving significant travel to Arizona from out of state, while this law is in force.
    • For example, it would be highly inappropriate for Major League Baseball to hold its All-Star Game in a state where a significant portion of the players on the field would be at risk of being profiled, once they are off the field and out of uniform.
    • Similarly, we believe it would be inappropriate for actors, musicians, comedians, or other artists to perform in a state where they themselves, as well as a significant part of their audience, are at risk of being profiled.
  • Call on their affiliates, chapters, members, stakeholders, all major American institutions, and people of conscience everywhere to carefully consider whether the dollars they spend as consumers of goods and services could end up, directly or indirectly, supporting the perpetuation of this unjust law.
    • For example, some have called for consumers to avoid attending sports events of teams based in Arizona.
    • Similarly, in determining whether to purchase products or services produced by corporations based in Arizona, others are reviewing the contributions and other actions of these corporations to identify whether and to what extent they contributed to the enactment of this unjust law.

The undersigned organizations do not take these steps lightly. We are aware that, in the short term, these actions may adversely affect some Arizonans who opposed the bill and others who are likely to be its principal targets. Before announcing these actions, we consulted extensively with our affiliates, chapters, and members in Arizona. Ultimately, we came to the same conclusions:

  • Any short-term adverse impacts on these communities that result from this campaign are far outweighed by the inherent, permanent, and systemic profiling and discrimination that will occuras a result of this unjust law.
  • The law is so extreme, and its proponents appear so immune to an appeal to reason, that nothing short of these extraordinary measures is likely to result in the law’s repeal.

Thus, we commit to continue this campaign until such time that SB 1070 is repealed, reversed by the courts, and/or superseded by comprehensive federal immigration reform.

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