Monday, May 17, 2010

National Latino Organizations Launch Unite Arizona Campaign

National Latino Organizations Launch Unite Arizona Campaign
May 6, 2010

Contact: Contact: Lizette Jenness Olmos, (202) 833-6130 ext 16

Broad Coalition of National Latino Organizations Pledge to Fight SB 1

Washington, DC . A broad coalition of the nation.s largest Latino
organizations have united to fight Arizona.s anti-immigrant law SB 1070 in
a new campaign called Unite Arizona ( The campaign
will support efforts to block SB 1070 in court and coordinate a targeted
boycott of Arizona until the state repeals the legislation.

The organizations who have joined together to launch the campaign include
the Afro-Latino Development Alliance, ASPIRA, Defend the Honor, Hispanic
Association of Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Federation, Inc., Labor
Council for Latin American Advancement, League of United Latin American
Citizens, MANA.A National Latina Organization, National Association of
Hispanic Federal Executives, National Association of Hispanic
Publications, National Conference for Puerto Rican Women, National Hispana
Leadership Institute, National Hispanic Council on Aging, National
Hispanic Media Coalition, Inc., National Institute for Latino Policy,
National Puerto Rican Coalition, SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc.,
U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute, and the William C. Velasquez
Institute. The coalition has formed a coordinating committee to discuss
strategies and actions that the campaign will undertake.

.All options are on the table, from legal strategies to economic
boycotts,. said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. .Every state
depends on tourism, on conventions, and we believe that if being
disrespectful to Latinos, then definitely they don.t need our business..

Unite Arizona.s strategic boycott will focus on companies that contribute
to the campaigns of the legislators who voted in support of SB 1070 with
an emphasis on the corporate supporters of the legislation.s sponsors and
the Governor. We are also supporting the call for national conventions,
conferences and sporting events scheduled for Arizona to relocate to other

.SB 1070 is the most repugnant and racially offensive anti-immigrant bill
to pass in decades,. stated LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes. .The
bill has galvanized communities of color and our allies and will serve as
a rallying point for us to come together to fight for justice, dignity and
fairness like never before..

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest
Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic
conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing
and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs
operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.

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