The hotly debated Arizona immigration law caused Los Angeles city council members and mayors from around the US to call for an Arizona boycott. Residents, on the other hand, are joining a buycott Arizona movement to show support.
Los Angeles Calls for Arizona Boycott
The Arizona immigration law – even though it does not actually take effect until July 23rd – has led to a swift call for nationwide sanctions. The Los Angeles Times outlines how the L.A. city council, under the leadership of candidate for lieutenant governor Councilwoman Janice Hahn, decided to issue an official Arizona boycott.
The extent of the movement to boycott Arizona is unclear, but considering that the city council has asked to review all of its contracts with the state – amounting to about $58 million – for those which can be canceled, it is apparent that L.A. is serious.
Who Boycotts Arizona?
It appears that the representatives of the public have failed to check in with their constituents. An ongoing L.A. Times poll shows that 78 percent of voters say that the city should be minding its own business while only 12 percent are avidly in favor of the Arizona boycott as a way of making the state feel that there are consequences for passing a law that is ill-advised.
John and Ken, indomitable Los Angeles talk radio hosts on KFI AM 640, offer a list of groups and organizations that have joined the Los Angeles city council in its Arizona boycott. Among them are the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, Denver’s school system, Sociologists Without Borders, Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes and a number of unions.
Arizona Boycott Begets the Buycott Arizona Movement
As ill-informed politicians are quick to compare the horrors of the Holocaust to Arizona’s commitment to enforce federal law, an Arizona ‘buycott’ movement is taking shape. Americans who want to stand in solidarity with Arizona are urged to make travel plans and enjoy Sedona, Tempe and the many other vacation getaways that have endeared the state to snowbirds from all across the US.
Tea Party speakers and radio hosts Sonja Schmidt and Tony Katz set up the Buy Arizona site that organizes a getaway later on this year for interested travelers ready to spend a little money in the state. Activities include a Scotch tasting for the adults, a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and an array of other fun stuff for the whole family.
How Can I Support Arizona against the Boycott?
Angelenos and others must read through the text of the embattled Arizona immigration law before jumping on the bandwagon of either the Arizona boycott or buycott. Only then can the electorate intelligently decide how to best side with or against the state.
Those voters who side with Arizona may wish to consider a trip to AZ this summer or later in winter, when the kids are out of school. Consumers with precious little funds for making any trips can nevertheless make their voices heard by contacting local politicians, especially those in favor of boycotting Arizona, and engaging in a dialog.