Monday, September 12, 2011

Arizona boycott ?

On Friday the National Council de la Raza, a significantly corporate funded organization, on Friday announced that it was no longer asking for a boycott of Arizona.
Now is a time to hear from other organizations.

The Washington-based group  Natiional Council de La Raza, says it and two associated groups will ask other organizations to suspend their Arizona boycotts.
La Raza says the boycott spurred political results in Arizona. That included an increase in Latino voters and defeat of a measure that would have changed how U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are granted citizenship.

 Right wing activists in Arizona  are playing their  usual role:  Race-bait and attack immigrants and the poor to justify cutting taxes for the rich and the corporations. Push laws that disenfranchise young voters. Block legislation so that people come to expect nothing from their government except grief. Demand arrests of the undocumented and  new fences at the border. Shift the economic crisis to the states to   crack down on health services for women who can't otherwise afford care and to families who can’t afford to feed their own children.  Blame teachers and unions for  failures in education caused by childhood poverty. Ignore  the foreclosure crisis and the jobs crisis.
It is long past time for the various progressive  forces in the U.S. , each of which is being crushed by casino capitalism, to work together to defend democracy. This requires unions, teachers, academics, Democratic Party activists and others to recognize that what they have in common is the need for a powerful united front to defend against the right wing, nut case,  onslaughts. 

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ”– César Chávez, UFW

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