Adelante Austin: Getting Austin to boycott business in Arizona

29 04 2010

Yesterday, my friend Perla Cavazos posted the story about L.A. boycotting or “refraining from doing business in Arizona” in the L.A. Times. I thought to myself, what a bold move and way to show support and solidarity for Hispanics – immigrants and Americans! See excerpt from L.A. Times story…

“On Tuesday, seven members of the Los Angeles City Council signed a proposal for a boycott, calling for the city to “refrain from conducting business” or participating in conventions in Arizona. Councilman Ed Reyes, who coauthored the proposal with Councilwoman Janice Hahn, said he wants city officials to spend the next 90 days assessing the financial relationships that exist between various city departments and businesses based in Arizona.”

So of course, I asked myself, what about Austin? What can we do to help? So I posted the question on FB and Twitter and got some good responses.

After talking to a few peeps, online and off-line, I decided to take action. So this morning I called Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez’s office and since then have been communicating with  Bobby Garza. Both Mike and Bobby told me that they’re working on pushing forward a proposal to present to the Austin City Council to boycott business in Arizona. Sweet! And I was still trying to get some support via my Twitter amigos and it’s looking good.

So now I’m waiting on details from Bobby to set up a Facebook page to get all of Austin mobilized around this effort. I hope you will join me!