Now that Governor Brewer has signed SB1070 into law, there’s been a lot of talk in the past few days about boycotting Arizona (besides the protests, the lawsuits, and the election consequences that are sure to come down on those that supported the law). However, in order for a boycott to be truly effective, it needs to be as targeted as possible to maximize impact. I recommend the boycott start with targeting those companies that donated to the politicians that voted to pass the law in the first place.
Here’s the list of Senators and their district numbers that voted YES (via the AZ legislature website; click on their names to find out who were the major funders of their last election campaigns):
Sylvia Allen (R-5)
David Braswell (R-6)
Chuck Gray (R-19)
Jack W. Harper (R-4)
Barbara Leff (R-11)
Al Melvin (R-26)
Russell Pearce (R-18)
Jay Tibshraeny (R-21)
Ed Bunch (R-7)
Linda Gray (R-10)
John Huppenthal (R-20)
Steve Pierce (R-1)
Thayer Verschoor (R-22)
Frank Antenori (R-30)
Ron Gould (R-3)
John Nelson (R-12)
Robert “Bob” Burns (R-9)
Notice that they were all Republican. In fact, the only Republican to vote “No” was:
Carolyn S. Allen (R-8)
Here’s the list of those that voted for it and their district numbers in the AZ House or Representatives (via Project Vote Smart; also click on their names to find out who were the major funders of their last election campaigns):
Rep. Lucy Mason (R-1), Rep. Andrew Tobin Sr. (R-1), Rep. Doris Goodale (R-3), Rep. Nancy McLain (R-3), Rep. Tom Boone (R-4), Rep. Judy Burges (R-4), Rep. Bill Konopnicki (R-5), Rep. Amanda Reeve (R-6), Rep. Carl Seel (R-6), Rep. Ray Barnes (R-7), Rep. Nancy Barto (R-7), Rep. John Kavanagh (R-8), Rep. Michele Reagan (R-8), Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-9), Rep. Rick Murphy (R-9), Rep. Doug Quelland (R-9), Rep. James Weiers (R-9), Rep. Adam Driggs (R-11), Rep. Steve Montenegro (R-12), Jerry Weiers (R-12), Rep. Cecil Ash (R-18), Rep. Steve Court (R-18), Rep. Kirk Adams (R-19), Rep. Rich Crandall (R-19), Rep. John McComish (R-20), Rep. Warde Nichols (R-21), Rep. Steven Yarbrough (R-21), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-22), Rep. Laurin Hendrix (R-22), Rep. Frank Pratt (R-23), Rep. Russell Jones (R-24), Rep. David Stevens (R-25), Rep. Vic Williams (R-26), Rep. David Gowan (R-30), Rep. Ted Vogt (R-30).
As you can see, all were Republicans on the House side. So in summary the only Republican to vote “No” in the whole Arizona state congress was Senator Carolyn Allen.
Update: it seems that the focus right now is in how this law will lead to unprecedented racial profiling. While that is important to point out, the topic of how this law will probably lead to an increase in crime rates is getting lost in the media coverage. When you talk about this with your friends, be sure to point out how this law will destroy the Arizona police’s ability to work with the immigrant community to report and combat crime because all trust between the two parties will be destroyed.
Update # 2: well surprise surprise; it appears that the people behind this new authoritarian law have even more wicked intentions having to do with voter suppression, aka election fraud. Thom Hartmann interviewed Greg Palast today (April 26) on this and this is what Mr. Palast had to report on the matter:
What moved GOP Governor Jan Brewer to sign the Soviet-style show-me-your-papers law is the exploding number of legal Hispanics, US citizens all, who are daring to vote — and daring to vote Democratic by more than two-to-one. Unless this demographic locomotive is halted, Arizona Republicans know their party will soon be electoral toast. Or, if you like, tortillas.
It appears that not only does the Republican Party in Arizona want to incarcerate economic refugees, aka “undocumented workers”, but they also want to intimidate Latino U.S. citizens into not voting by making them afraid, accusing them of being “illegal” with the threat of putting them in jail. This new law basically makes it legal to intimidate Latinos at the voting booth come the next election. Read the rest of Palast’s report here.
Update # 3: (thanks to NamelessGenXer in this comment section)
…here’s a list of “bigger than just AZ” entities that have contributed to the formation of the Arizona Gestapo:
BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
FARMERS INSURANCE GROUP
WESTERN GROWERS ASSOCIATION
NAIOP (aka the Commercial Real Estate Development Association)
Update #4: looks like Project Economic Refugee is not the only one calling for the boycott to be as targeted as possible. Reform Immigration for America just sent out a request to its members to target the following companies:
To join Reform Immigration for America’s campaign to be as targeted as possible on the boycott of Arizona, visi this link.