Boycott Arizona’s Big Government Authoritarian Police Law

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 fraudThom 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:

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:

  • Hotel chain Best Western
  • Airline U.S. Airways
  • Soap, deodorant, and cleaning product company Dial
  • Transportation company Super Shuttle
  • Moving company U-Haul
  • Pet supply company PetSmart
  • To join Reform Immigration for America’s campaign to be as targeted as possible on the boycott of Arizona, visi this link.

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    • rick the vet

      this brown skinned combat vet is staying away from az, i took enough crap from whites here in marin county as a kid, thanx fox the “republican network television”

    • Montana

      Arizona can pass race base laws, pass Birthers laws and the state can continue to boycott 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.

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    • roguey

      Yes, carefully targeted. Careless boycotting does harm to most residents and the worst harm is done to the weakest. Go for the jugular! Turf out these politicians. They are either small minded or evil, either way, show them the door!

    • Dakotahgeo

      Well, that being said and now proven by the above statistics, I guess we know where the problems in the USA come from: REPUBLICANS!!! I hope Carolyn S. Allen washes the dirt off and joins the Democrats or Independent party. She doesn’t need to sully her reputation by being a Repugnican. I’m glad someone has guts down there!

    • Dakotahgeo

      Kudos, Montana for your posts! Spot on target!

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