Phoenix Blogger Stands Against SB1070

This is a place for food and fun, but SB1070 has become a bit of a media hog sucking all the enjoyment out of most of the blogs I enjoy visiting. The comment sections are taken over by trolls voicing the hate that only a few Arizonans support. The state I love is divided even though most citizens share the desire for immigration reform. Alas, there has been talk of boycotts and while I'd hate for any small business to suffer, in my heart, I know I have to support it.



I am Mexican-American and although I never learned about Cesar Chavez in school I received a full history lesson about my culture and its leaders on a regular basis at home. I learned that boycotts have proven to be quite effective throughout history and when you have the potential loss of Phoenix hosting the MLB's All-Star game, well it just got real for people who may have sat on the fence. Sadly, the human component of the hate and racism this bill is growing falls to the waste side until there's a potential for financial loss.

Some commentators say boycotts will hurt those who stand against SB1070 as well as everyone else. Well, if I remember correctly, the Alabama bus boycotts made life pretty difficult for many families who used the buses. They were also the families forced to ride in the back of said buses. Will a boycott hurt Arizona? Yes. Will our already financially crippled state loose even more? Yes. But we need to take a stand. At some point, we need to stand against the politicians in this state who work on their own agenda instead of following the will of the people. Let's remember, these are the people who were too weak to stand up for fire fighters, police, educators and mental health workers and most importantly, children.  Instead they are forcing Arizonans to vote on proposition 100. Now they are going to throw more work in the lap of an already stressed police force with SB1070.

SB1070 has become a very personal issue. I love Phoenix, but I have never heard so many derogatory terms against Latinos in all my life. I don't like having to explain to my daughter what a "spic" is.  I don't like having to worry about family members, who were born here, being harassed. I'm not looking forward to carrying around proof of citizenship on bike rides with my daughter when the blue-eyed, blond mom across the way doesn't have to.

I want real immigration reform, not SB1070. I want businesses to stop hiring workers who are undocumented. I want small businesses that follow the rules to be commended. At some point corporations need to pay for their sins and stop letting individuals suffer the consequences. This isn't about the dishwasher without proof of citizenship, it's about the money making corporations that knowingly hired him.

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  1. I saw Jay Leno at Correspondent Dinner his best line was; “That was my favorite story (this year) Republicans and a Lesbian bondage club. It’s ironic, Republicans don’t want lesbian getting married but they do like watching them “tie the knot”. So I thought that was interesting.”

    You can say the same about Tea Party (they are haters not debaters or as others have dubbed them screamers not dreamers), they say they respect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors (no one voted for this crazy) who only care about getting reelected on the backs of undocumented workers, that will not pass Constitution muster, just like Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago, keep passing them Arizona and the rest of us will continue to challenged them in a court of law and you will fail again (and yes we will Boycott Arizona). 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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  2. Beautifully stated, I'm up for the fight!

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