Civil Rights and Labor Organizations Announce Boycott to Protest Arizona Immigration Law

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Civil Rights and Labor Organizations Announce Boycott to Protest Arizona Immigration Law

WASHINGTON - Leading
national civil rights and labor organizations will join together on
Thursday, May 6 to announce a boycott against the state of Arizona in
protest of SB 1070, state legislation that essentially condones racial
profiling as accepted police practice to address immigration
issues. Organizations participating in the announcement include NCLR
(National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil
rights and advocacy organization in the United States, as well as the
Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), the Center for Community Change
(CCC), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the United
Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).  Other civil rights and social
justice organizations are expected to participate.  The press
conference will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 6 at NCLR
Headquarters, located at 1126 16th Street, NW in Washington, DC.

 
Civil
rights and labor leaders will lay out the terms of the economic
boycott, the reasons behind it, and the efforts to encourage others,
including corporations and ordinary citizens, to join in the protest of
this radical and unjust law until SB 1070 is repealed, reversed by the
courts, and/or superseded by comprehensive federal immigration. As
similar bills are introduced in other states, voices throughout the
nation have risen in protest, including faith, labor, civil rights,
community, sports, law enforcement, and other organizations.
 
MEDIA ADVISORY
 
WHO:             Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
Mark Lauritsen, International Vice President and Director of the Food Processing, Packing, and Manufacturing Division, UFCW
Karen Narasaki, President and Executive Director, AAJC
Eliseo Medina, International Executive Vice President, SEIU
Gabe Gonzalez, National Director for the Campaign for Community Values, Center for Community Change
Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director, LULAC
Rafael Fantauzzi, President and CEO, National Puerto Rican Coalition
 
WHAT:          Press conference to announce boycott against Arizona
 
WHEN:          9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2010
 
WHERE:       NCLR Headquarters at 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036

 

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