Update: Austin Says No to Arizona’s Immigration Law!

30 04 2010

After one day of hard work & online advocacy via Twitter, FB, snail email and one phone call, we have a proposal for an economic boycott against Arizona by the Austin City Council. Standing up for Austin is Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez who said in a press release that he didn’t want to “expose city employees to potentially hostile environment in Arizona” and “that our Austin community stands in vehement opposition to racial discrimination in any form.” And being who I am, I vehemently agree!

Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Austin Councilmember Bill Spelman and Mayor Pro Tem Martinez will introduce the resolution at the May 13th Austin City Council meeting. Meanwhile, I’ve been gathering mas support via Twitter & Facebook. So if you want to keep up to date on the resolution or show your support, please join us on the “Austin Says NO to Arizona’s Immigration Law!” We’re already up to 294 LIKEs and y’know we like the LIKEs now!

Muchisimas gracias to Bobby Garza and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez for taking the lead on this effort. They are a prime example of city officials listening and working for the people! You can read the full press release below.



For Immediate Release

April 29, 2010

Contact: Bobby Garza, Office of Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez

(512) 974-2264

Austin Council Members To Propose Arizona Boycott

Austin, Texas – Austin Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez, City Council Member Bill Spelman and Mayor Lee Leffingwell announced today that they will introduce a resolution at the May 13th City Council meeting directing the City Manager to limit employee travel to Arizona and to present a plan to the Council for terminating business and investment relationships with the State of Arizona.

“The reasons for introducing this measure are two-fold,” said Mayor Pro Tem Martinez.  “First and foremost, we want to ensure that we are not exposing city employees to risk by sending them into an uncertain and potentially hostile environment in Arizona .  Second, we want to send a loud and clear message to the State of Arizona that our community stands in vehement opposition to racial discrimination in any form.”

“This resolution has precedent in past Council actions,” added Martinez .  “For example, we’ve previously passed policies prohibiting the city from doing business with manufacturers who utilize sweatshop labor.  It is squarely within the Council’s purview to determine with whom the city should or should not do business based on their practices.”

The resolution comes on the heels of passage of SB 1070 in Arizona that effectively mandates racial profiling throughout the state.  Other cities across the country, including Los Angeles and Washington D.C. , are contemplating similar legislation.  San Francisco has recently passed a resolution that will terminate all contracts with Arizona-based companies and end city business with the state.

“ Arizona ’s new immigration law puts anyone traveling to the state in jeopardy of being detained, based on a law enforcement officer’s ‘reasonable suspicion’ that that person might be an undocumented immigrant,” said Council Member Bill Spelman.  “That’s wrong, and I can’t responsibly allow our city employees to be placed at such a risk.”

“While I’m normally reluctant to support the Council formally weighing in on issues outside of our jurisdiction, Arizona ’s legislation potentially has a direct impact on our employees, and is generally so offensive that I believe it demands our attention,” said Mayor Leffingwell.   “I’m supporting this resolution because I believe that we have a responsibility not only to protect our own employees, but also to speak out loudly against racial discrimination wherever it exists.”




5 responses

30 04 2010

I am against the Arizona Immigration LAW SB1070 for a number of reasons including how it would impact the Latino communities. But on the other hand it seems that the Sovereignty of the United States is being disrespected. If the Latino community in general wants repect dont they need to show at some repect to America’s ability to protect people and the laws of the country. The Country of Mexico would never stand for this. Look at Mexico’s immigration policies.

1 05 2010

Hi Dennis. Thanks for your comment. Yes, I agree with your points but we need many solutions to a very complicated issue. Adelante!


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12 05 2010
Dave Nalle

Do you folks understand that because of the lack of border enforcement hundreds of Mexican citizens have been killed by drug runners who use them as mules to carry their drugs? The situation in Arizona is out of control and it is even worse for the illegal immigrants there than it is for American citizens there.

Only by controlling the border and regulating immigration can we begin to cut down the violence which is escalating and beginning to spill over into Texas. This city council proposal is based on ignorance and bigotry and political opportunism. They ought to applaud the fact that Arizona is trying to address this problem for the good of everyone involved and spend their time focusing on the very real problems we have here in Austin which have nothing to do with this issue.


31 05 2010

Dave. Thanks for your comment. I agree that there is a problem with the violence and drugs on the border but I don’t agree with a law that allows for racial profiling on a certain populations. How can you tell an Hispanic American from an undocumented Mexican immigrant?. I don’t you can without stereotyping or making a bias decisions on the way people look or the color of their skin. Now as far as Austin is concerned, it definitely affects us. We need to take a stand for what we believe in and I believe the Austin City Council has done that. Texas is not that very different from Arizona so the more we can do to respect & honor peoples’ civil liberties and actually represent that in our policies, the better city, state and country we’ll be.

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