Los Comités en Defensa del Barrio
LA HUELGA DEL PUEBLO
For Immediate Release
Date: Tuesday July 12, 2011
Contacts: Raul Cordero (602) 488-9731 or Anayanse Garza (602) 487-0186
Tupac Enrique Acosta (602) 466-8367
PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY
802 N. 7th Street Phoenix, AZ
! STRIKE OUT AZ SB1070 !
Phoenix, AZ – Today the Comités de Defensa del Barrio will publish the official report of the Community Impact of AZ SB 1070, bringing forward for public scrutiny the immoral collusion driven by the private prison industry, and their lobbying arm the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in cahoots with AZ Senate President Russell Pearce (author of AZ SB1070) and law enforcement personalities across the state.
The issuing of the report will be timed to coincide with the first pitch of the MLB All-Stars Game today.
One of the identified financial backers in the scheme to produce a steady flow of inmates for the private prison industry via corrupt legislative ties such as those which produced AZ SB1070 and other copycat bills across the country is Ken Kendricks owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Another target of denunciation for the Boycott of the Huelga del Pueblo is MLB Commissioner of Baseball Allan H. (Bud) Selig.
“What kind of land that calls itself free, can deny the Spirit of Humanity?” said Tupac Enrique Acosta echoing the theme of the official report on the Community Impact of AZ SB1070 by the Boycott Commission of the Comités de Defensa del Barrio.
The press conference today is a continuation of a long series of Boycott actions at the national and international level over the past year to Strike Out AZ SB1070. Solidarity Delegations from across the country, including Enrique Morones of Border Angels will be at today's press event and participate in the peaceful protest and Boycott Picket at the All-Stars game.
Last year many baseball stars denounced Arizona’s racist law SB1070 and declared that they would boycott the All Star Game if SB1070 was not repealed, including star player Adrian Gonzalez. A year later, in spite of a partial injunction that came as a result of the federal lawsuit against SB1070, community members testify to the fact that the criminalization of the community is in fact in full effect and worsening.