Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Groups boycott Austin over Austin's boycott of Arizona

The Hood County Republican Party announced in a statement this weekend that it would boycott the City of Austin in response to the city's resolution to boycott Arizona.

Austin City Council passed a measure last Thursday, boycotting city employee travel to Arizona in response to the state's new immigration law. The law requires law enforcement to determine the immigration status of anyone a law enforcement official suspects of being in the country illegally.

Council members said the law condones racial profiling and said they want to make sure city employees aren't unfairly detained while on official business.

Hood County Republican Chairman Randy Shelton issued a statement saying he contacted the office of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell to notify him the Hood County Republican Party would not do any business with the City of Austin.

The move by the Hood County Republican Party comes alongside a similar plea from the Burleson Tea Party.

"You discriminate against the great people of Arizona and against federal law being enforced by the great state of Arizona, through their own state law! Prepare to have the favor of a boycott returned against Austin," Burleson Tea Party Chairman Angela Cox said.

While the Hood County Republican Party calls for a boycott strictly limited to the business with the government body - the City of Austin - the Burleson Tea Party calls for a more holistic boycott.

"Fellow Texans/Americans, make your travel plans, dinner plans and tourist destination elsewhere, somewhere outside the city. There's a lot of other accommodations elsewhere," Cox wrote in a statement.

Other cities, including Los Angeles and San Diego, have taken similar steps to protest the law.

Letter from Angela Cox, Founder of Burleson Tea Party
Fellow Texans/Americans,

I call upon you, to take a look at what has happened, right here, in the great state of Texas. The voice of the few, in Austin, Texas, have taken matters into their own hands, by slandering the Arizona Legislation, against Illegal Immigration and voting unanimously of a boycott of Arizona. The exact words of federal law are written in the Arizona Legislation! How dare they ignore the voices and wishes of Texans!

Austin Mayor Pro Tem, Mike Martinez, states,

"What we're trying to do is send a strong message that we absolutely disagree with the practices that the new legislation sets up in Arizona and that we want to send a strong message that we won't do business with folks that discriminate," said Martinez.

Austin Mayor Pro Tem Martinez also states, "There's a lot of opportunities and training elsewhere. We don't need to send them to Arizona..."

Now that the the resolution has been approved, Austin City Manager Marc Ott is directed to investigate what current and future business the city has with the State of Arizona and will then develop a plan to cease those relationships.

According to a memo from the city controller, Austin has no contracts or investments with Arizona, but in the past year, the city has spent $42,898 on travel to Arizona. Three separate trips were planned for May 2010, which the city says were set up before the law passed.

As your fellow Texan and American, I strongly urge you to return the favor to the Austin City Council, Mayor Pro Tem and Mayor! Use their own words and actions against them! As Texans, "We want to send a strong message that we won't do business with folks that discriminate!" You Mayor Pro Tem Martinez, Mayor Leffingwell and Austin City Council Members, are the ones in violation of discrimination!

You discriminate against the great people of Arizona and against federal law being enforced by the great state of Arizona, through their own state law! Prepare to have the favor of a boycott returned against Austin, from the people of the great state of Texas and other states as well!

Fellow Texans/Americans, make your travel plans, dinner plans and tourist destination elsewhere, somewhere outside the city. There's alot of other accommodations elsewhere! (like stated by Austin Mayor Pro Tem Martinez)

If you own your own business and are currently doing business with Austin, Texas or have plans of such, please follow the words and actions of Austin Mayor Pro Tem Martinez, Mayor Leffingwell and Austin City Council, by looking elsewhere! Let them know and feel the detriment of a boycott, until they retract their outrageous and discriminative resolution in reference to boycotting Arizona!

Please click on the following link, to see who Arizona based companies are, that have branches here in Texas and please, patron the heck out of them. Please, send business to Arizona!

StandWithArizona.org

Please, contact Mayor Leffingfell and the Austin City Council, to let them know your direct intentions of boycotting Austin for their outrageous and slanderish actions and resolution against Arizona! What you do here, you do for your fellow Americans! Stand strong against the establishment in Austin and let them know, without any doubt, of who is actually in power and control of Austin, our great State of Texas and our country! It is, "WE THE PEOPLE!"

Best Always,
Angela Cox
BTP Chairman/Founder

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