And as always, it is the young people that first and foremost exert their right to be fully human. Over the last few days we have witnessed thousands and thousands of students assembling at the state capital in Arizona. They raise their voices for freedom, justice, and dignity. Understand that this is more than a political protest. It is a cry for life and a cry for a secure and free future for all people.
We must support their energy and their insistence on solidarity with their families. They have grown up, as generations before them, witnessing the daily indignity that their families suffer. They have seen the pride of their fathers, grandmothers, brothers, and cousins broken by the crushing force of history upon them, by the weight of their birthplace and skin color. They have seen years of hard work undervalued by fear and their wealth lost to laws that protect exploiters. They have watched the concern in their mothers’ eyes for their safety,for their futures, for any signs of hope, and for all signals of danger. The mothers say: Cuidate. Please, be careful my child.
The Georgetown grad was miserable working for a large law firm in Silicon Valley. So he quit and posted his degree in the Craigslist “For Sale” section for “the bargain basement price of $59,250″ — the current value of his student loan balance — or best offer.
Boycott Arizona: Tell MLB To Move the 2011 All-Star Game Out of Arizona!
Do you know what an “illegal immigrant” looks like?
Probably some of our best baseball players under the new anti-immigant law passed by the state of Arizona, which allows law enforcement officials to apprehend anyone based on whether they look like an “illegal immigrant.” That translates into people with brown skin.
Boycotting is not happy hour but it is one of the ways in which we can express our displeasure. SB 1070 is a product of ignorance and a failed effort to find solutions to a broken immigration system. It legislates a system reminiscent of apartheid and must be rejected.
In the past, Arizona has been sanctioned by the NFL when the state refused to observe MLK Jr. Day, since the NFL has a large makeup of players of African-American descent. Given that Hispanics make up one-third of the rosters of Major League Baseball teams, and a lot of MLB players come from overseas, shouldn’t the MLB step up to the plate and deliver?
“THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.”
Racial profiling is officially legal in Arizona. And while it is the slippery slope described above, SB 1070 has gifted us a great opportunity to organize for immigrant rights on a new scale.
1.Sign the email petitionto the Obama Administration and the Department of Homeland Security asking them not to cooperate with SB 1070, support any filed injunctions to the law, and furthermore, start taking leadership in pushing for real comprehensive immigration reform.
2. Hold local solidarity actions and add them to this growing list. Take down details of contacts. Connect with local grassroots organizations and student groups. Be prepared to talk to the media.
4. Civil disobedience. Take a hint from the students that chained themselves to Capitol buildings. Walk out of schools. Walk into local Congressional offices of your reps that have not cosponsored the DREAM Act. Do sit-ins. Flash mobs. Offer to get yourself detained — “Do you look like an ‘illegal immigrant?’
5. Online Organizing. Use hashtag #LegalizeAZ on Twitter and change your Facebook image to the badge above (or something similar) to show solidarity. Also join the Facebook group 1 million strong against SB 1070 and don’t forget to follow immigrant youth taking actions on Twitter and Facebook.
The possibilities are endless. This is just the beginning, don’t stop now.