S.F. City Attorney Calls for ‘Sweeping Boycott’ of Arizona
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera drew parallels Monday between Arizona’s refusal to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the adoption of its new, controversial immigration law. By way of sending a strong message in protest, Herrera proposed that San Franciscans “assure that their [Arizona’s] isolation is tangible rather than merely symbolic” by boycotting the state both in terms of doing business with it and visiting it. –KA
Wait, before you go…
NBC Bay Area:
Herrera, himself the son an immigrant from Latin America, released the following statement upon announcing the push for a boycott:
Just as it did two decades ago when it refused to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Arizona has again chosen to isolate itself from the rest of the nation. Our most appropriate response is to assure that their isolation is tangible rather than merely symbolic. San Francisco should lead the way in adopting and aggressively pursuing a sweeping boycott of Arizona and Arizona-based businesses until this unjust law is repealed or invalidated. My office is fully committed to work with San Francisco city departments and commissions to identify all applicable contracts, and to pursue termination wherever possible. And my office stands ready to assist in any legal challenges in whatever way it can.
If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.
Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.Support Truthdig