April 23, 2010

“We’re not little anymore!”

By Herman Baca
President, Committee on Chicano Rights

   Arizona lawmakers under the auspice of dealing with the so-called immigration issue have approved SB 1070, a law that directs police to determine the immigration status of persons of Mexican ancestry based solely on “reasonable suspicion.” If signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer the law for any person of Mexican ancestry will:

   · Make it illegal to be present in Arizona whether undocumented, legal or U.S. born;

   · Legally mandate “de jure racial segregation”;

   · Create a police state to rival the practices of racist states such as Mississippi in the segregated South of the last century, and a police system of oppression that Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin would have been proud of;

   ·  Re-institute the “Jim Crow” system that legalized separation of the white and black races from 1876 to 1965 in the ante belle South, a system outlawed after the Afro-American civil rights movement of the late 1960’s’;

   · Lay the foundation for a South African type “apartheid” system in the U.S. Southwest.

   Unbelievable those responsible (by their silence) for re-instituting both the “Jim Crow” and “apartheid” systems are the Democratic Party controlled Congress and the U.S. first Afro-American President, Barack Obama!

   The American Heritage Dictionary defines:

   · Jim Crow- The systematic practice of discriminating against and suppressing Black people. 1. Upholding or practicing discrimination against and suppression of Black people: 2. Reserved or set aside for a racial or ethnic group that is to be discriminated against;

   · Apartheid1. An official policy of racial segregation practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites. 2. Any policy or practice of separating or segregating groups. 3. The condition of being separated from others; segregation.

   So the question now that President Obama, the Democratic Party controlled Congress, along with Nazis in CA, politicians, radio/TV hate entertainers, Minuteman, KKK, and white supremacist have legalized denying to all persons of Mexican ancestry:

   · Equal protection and due process under the law;

   · Rights supposedly guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

   What are we as a people going to do to oppose and stop the Arizona law?

   In our opinion, Arizona has to be dealt with like one would deal with a schoolyard bully, punch him in the mouth. 

   Unlike the 1950’s and 60’s our population in 2010 is no longer small. Presently in the U.S there are close to 50 million Chicanos, Latinos and Mexicanos, and growing. We need to:

   1. Call for an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT of Arizona by our community (the nations fastest growing ethnic group), the millions of citizens of Mexico, and all people of good will,

   2. Utilize every legal, political, and social options, including civil disobedience to oppose and stop the proposed apartheid system for persons of Mexican ancestry in Arizona,

   3. Communicate to President Obama and the Democratic Party (who our people voted in overwhelming numbers) that our vote will no longer be taken for granted by the Democratic Party, or any other political party come the November 2010 elections. 

   Lastly, our community needs to understand the reasons and causes in the on going public “illegal” immigration debate:

   · The “immigration problem” is systemic and historical (since the end of the U.S./Mexico War) and like the Afro-American slave system (early 1600 to middle 1800) was created because of this country’s economic historical addiction (along with oil, drugs, and pornography) for FREE and CHEAP labor;

   · The issue is international, social, economic and political, and not a law enforcement or military matter as defined by white supremacists and vested interests that seek to maintain the status quo;

   · The existing immigration system is a labor issue and exist because Mexican workers are in a right less condition… this is the pervasive reasons for the Arizona law and other similar proposed law enforcement/military proposals;

   · Fear of the changing demographics that will make persons of Mexican ancestry the largest ethnic population in the Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, California, Colorado, etc.) and largest so-called minority in the U.S. 

   However for our generation the issue remains how do we organize ourselves to stop the Arizona law, and similar proposals to end the historical exploitation of Mexican labor and the violations of our people’s human, civil and constitutional rights?

   In closing, we need to heed the words of the great abolitionist Fredrick Douglas who stated, “Find out just what any people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue til they have resisted with either words or blows or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.

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17 Responses to “BOYCOTT ARIZONA”

  1. SC Says:

    I am urging to all the major sport club players: Please stand up, please tell your club owner and supporters that you no longer feel Arizona is your home and your will sign out at the first opportunity.
    NBA, NFL, NHL, any national league player, individually declare that you will not be playing for any Arizona club. If you do so, this message will resonate with hundreds of thousands of people. This is your time to make social contribution. If you are a college recruit, decline to join any Arizona University.

  2. Charlie Says:

    Companies based in Arizona to boycott:
    Allied Waste Industries
    Ambient Weather
    Antigua Group, Inc.
    Apollo Group, Inc.
    Avnet, Inc.
    Best Western International, Inc.
    Bonanza Air Lines
    CSK Auto Inc.
    Clear Channel Outdoor
    Davidson & Belluso
    Endexx Corporation
    First Solar, Inc.
    FreeLife International
    Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
    The GoDaddy Group
    The Greyhound Corporation: Dial Soap and Armour Meat Products
    Hensley & Co.: Wholesale distributor of Anheiser-Busch, Cessna airplanes
    Honeywell Aerospace
    IsTalking L.L.C.
    Knight Transportation
    MDS Medical
    Mesa Air Group, Inc., Mesa Airlines, Inc.
    ON Semiconductor
    Olson Communications, Inc.[
    P. F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.
    Republic Services, Inc
    Sky Mall
    Stirling Energy Systems
    Swift Air
    Swift Transportation
    Terra Verde Services
    U-Haul International, Inc.
    Universal Technical Institute, Inc.: Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI), NASCAR Technical Institute
    Viad Corporation: Exhibit Group, Brewster Tours, Inc., Glacier Park, Inc., GES Exposition Services
    WestStar TalkRadio Network

  3. Montana Says:

    Arizona can pass race base laws, pass Birthers laws, pass no permit conceal weapons laws and the state boycotted Martin Luther King Day, well the rest of the Country can boycott the state of Arizona and spank them where it hurts them the most their pocket book. Their phony patriotism is sickening, they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

  4. Sonia Vivar Says:

    As a Latina, I am grateful for all the support and activity I’ve seen on the net these past few days, decent thinking people, voicing their concerns with SB1070 and it’s vagueness. At the same time I am appalled by the intolerance and racism, which was once whispered, has now become shouts not only in the streets but also being spewed openly by our politicians, in the twenty first century.

  5. Johnny Says:

    The bill is stupid, yes, but your article is littered with factual inaccuracies. Did you just go to wikipedia and decide that anything within an article about racism would be applicable? Segregation? Jim Crow laws? Really?

    Also, the law only applies to individuals unable to prove they are within the state legally. If you have an Arizona driver’s license then the law does not apply at all.

    Stop with the lies, don’t you have anything more constructive to do with your life?

  6. concerned Says:

    Please post a list of companies based in arizona. I found that Petsmart is based there.

  7. SDSurfer Says:

    Arizona is enforcing federal law. If you have a problem with it, why not have the guts to criticize Obama? If Obama really cared about Hispanics, wouldn’t he just open up the borders?

  8. bubalu Says:

    The statements in the above commentary are completely false. Did Mr. Baca actually read the bill???

  9. AO1JMM Says:

    I’m not boycotting a damn thing. Arizona is doing the right thing, and California should follow. Crossing our border illegally does in fact make you a criminal.

  10. Aznative Says:

    Herman Bacas article is one very irresponsible piece of journalism. First of all there is absolutely no reference in the new AZ law refering to Mexico or Mexicans whatsoever. Second, the law implicitly states that any form of racial profiling based on skin color or country of origin is strictly forbidden. Third, ILLEGAL immigrants are not all brown skinned day laborers and Arizona darn well knows that. Fact is that only 55% even come from Mexico, 25% from other countries in Latin America and the rest from other countries outside of Latin America. Lastly, young latinos in the U.S. today have far more to lose by unrestrained illegal immigration than non-latinos, as they are more likely to compete for the same jobs as ILLEGAL immigrants. Fewer ILLEGAL immigrants would create more job opportunites for latino youth and force employers to have to pay a higher wage. In conclusion, do not believe everything you hear, always do your own research because the activists and politicos are NOT looking out for the future of young latinos in this country nearly as well as they are looking out for themselves.

  11. Mike Rodriguez Says:

    Did you really say this?
    “…the law for any person of Mexican ancestry will… make it illegal to be present in Arizona whether undocumented, legal or U.S. born.”

    You are lying. That is NOT what it says.

    Lying to the public does not help your case.

  12. Sam Says:

    Thank you so much for the informative, and eye-opening article. You have really made me think, and thanks to your article, I can now make an informed decision on where my family and I will spend our summer vaction.

    We will spend it in the Great State of Arizona.

    Rest assured that I have forwarded your article to as many people as I possibly could, in order to allow them to make the same decision as myself regarding your fine city as a possible vacation destination.

    Thanks again for your assistance in this matter.

  13. sandra Says:


  14. Tim Says:

    Thank-you for the handy list of companies based in Arizona , these are the companies I will do business with. Boycotts can go both ways. Could you please include a list of companies based in San Diego so I can make sure they know how I feel about these issues.

  15. Fernando Mederos Says:

    I’d like to have in Spain an initiative as Arizona does to kickout all those columbians, equatorians, dominicans and so on. We are really fed up!

  16. buddy Says:

    get off your a–, it only costs $700.00 to become a citzen.


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