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This toolkit is a guide for organizers, activists and everyday community members to take action and participate in the boycott against Arizona until SB1070, “Secure Communities” & the 287(g) programs are eliminated in the state (and around the country). This information is available as a downloadable PDF below.

Why the Boycott of Arizona Continues

by Zack de la Rocha & Salvador Reza
(Published by the Huffington Post Oct. 13, 2010)

As the November general elections near, the international boycott of Arizona has become a central issue in several key elections, including the race for Arizona governor. This is not only because of the dramatic loss of revenue to the state from the cancellation of concerts, conferences, conventions, drop in tourism and cancellation of contracts, but also because Arizona ranks second to last in national poverty rankings according to a recently released Census report. Sound Strike supporters and opponents of SB 1070 break the eerie silence with massive protests and heated battle.

What Governor Brewer and detractors of the boycott fail to realize is that the Arizona boycott is not just about SB 1070. The simple truth is attacks on migrants in Arizona didn't start with SB 1070 and won't end with the partial injunction granted to the Obama administration. It is time to end all federally funded partnerships such as the 287(g) program, Secure Communities and other ICE policies designed to marginalize and repress immigrant families and communities. Many of these policies are in the hands of President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary, and Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano; they can end the nightmare immediately. Until then, boycotters will continue to withhold tax revenue to racist and fear mongering state governments such as Arizona.

Boycotts have played integral roles in reversing discrimination all over the world. Where would we be today if the late great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and civil rights organizations in Birmingham, Alabama, had not called for a bus boycott in protest of racial discrimination? In fact, the Montgomery Bus boycott became a symbol of racial segregation, inequality, political disenfranchisement, and persecution of blacks in the South. Just like the Montgomery Bus boycott was about more than where blacks could sit on a bus, the Arizona boycott is about more than SB 1070.

The human impact of what is happening to immigrants and their families in Arizona calls into question the same moral and ethical imperatives that the civil rights movement did. Are we all equal before the law? To what extent can states and local law enforcement officers engage in human and civil rights violations against an ethnic group that has been completely vilified in the eyes of the white political majority?

The Arizona boycott is about the cruel and inhumane approach Arizona has taken and the cruel human impact that not only affects migrants, but brown-skinned communities in general. Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio has become the symbol of this persecution. He does this in calculated political moves to distract us from his poor law-enforcement record, federal investigation, strong allegations of civil and human rights abuse, and corruption. However, Arpaio's world may be crumbling as top deputies of his have been put on leave over allegations of pressuring officers to engage in cover ups and abuse of power. Another investigation is looking into alleged misuse of up to $80 million. Let's not forget the ongoing Department of Justice investigations on many fronts. Still, Arpaio maintains strong support among whites because he agitates them in shameful propaganda and lies about the negative impact of migrants in our communities.

Arpaio operates like a warlord whose indiscriminate abuse changes lives in seconds, particularly the children of migrant detainees. Maricopa County is a place where parents make pacts to look after one another's children in the event of detention. Sheriffs carry stuffed teddy bears and toys to calm the nerves of children whose parents are pried away from their arms by law. Arpaio does not hide his views. He has said on national TV it is an "honor" to be compared to the KKK and has called his "tent city" jails concentration camps. Arpaio's description is frighteningly appropriate. The tent cities can reach temperatures of 130 degrees, inmates are fed rotting 30 cent meals, have inadequate medical treatment, and denied the most basic rights such as sanitation, public defenders, mail and bail, if they are undocumented. Arpaio's cruelness reaches epic proportions when detained pregnant woman are forced to give birth handcuffed to gurneys.

Arpaio's goal is to break our spirits, to drive migrants out by attrition. But we resist and we fight back. We are not afraid. So long as there is a 287(g) agreement with local police; So long as the Federal Secure Communities program is in local jails; So long as federal programs are used to make Arizona a modern apartheid state empowering the governor and state legislature to violate civil and human rights. The resistance of organizations, artists, writers and governments will continue. The boycott of Arizona will not stop, and we will expand our struggle locally, nationally and internationally asking all peoples of conscience to join. La Lucha Sigue (The Struggle Continues).

Article: Boycotts over immigration law cost Arizona millions


Human Rights Zones

Human Rights Zone LogoPuente AZ, the lead on-the-ground community organizers in Phoenix, has developed a strategy to compliment the targeted Boycott of Arizona businesses. Guided by the community, a need was seen to continue to support locally owned & small businesses that support the efforts against SB 1070, 287(g) agreements and so-called “Secure Communities” programs. In order to do this, the "Human Rights Zone" was implemented.

The Human Rights Zone is an initiative to ensure that businesses residents patronize continue to support the communities they rely on in Arizona. This is an opportunity for businesses to show they believe in people over profit.

Business who are deemed to be pro-migrant/community and anti-SB 1070, 287(g), "Secure Communities," agree to become supporters of Puente AZ and the Comités de Defensa del Barrio (Barrio Defense Committees). These locations are given the sticker shown to the right to post on the front windows of their businesses. These stickers make pro-Human Rights locales easy to identify and patrons are encouraged to support them. Communities support businesses that support them--a win-win situation.


For a list of participating businesses, check


The FOUR "C"s:


Cities Boycotting or Challenging Arizona SB 1070

(Source: &

Cities that are against Arizona's SB1070

  • Boulder, Colorado. On July 8, 2010, the City posted a clarification of its actions against Arizona on, saying there is a travel ban that applies to city employees for non-essential business purposes but that the “City of Boulder is not considering a boycott at this time.” The City Council is considering issuing a statement on comprehensive immigration reform. Since the city manager imposed the travel ban in early May, the City Council has received 498 protests and 81 messages of support for his action.
  • Brownsville, Texas, City Commission on May 18, 2010, unanimously voted to condemn the law.
  • A Chicago City Council 46-3 vote on June 9, 2010, endorses a resolution urging City Hall not to do business in the future with Arizona firms, but does not prohibit it.
  • Coachella, California, City Council on May 18, 2010, voted 5-0 to condemn the law.
  • The Durham (N.C.) City Council on June 21, 2010, passed a resolution 6-1 urging the federal government to reform immigration laws and subjecting any official Arizona trips to a case-by-case review by the city council. Mayor Bill Bell likened Arizona’s new law to “a step into the past to the era of segregation.”
  • Fulton County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners voted May 19, 2010, to oppose Arizona’s law.
  • Menifee (California) City Council on June 15, 2010, unanimously agreed to draft a resolution that will denounce California cities that boycott Arizona.
  • Mexico’s Foreign Ministry in late April warned Mexicans traveling to Arizona to be aware that they could be “bothered and questioned for no other reason at any moment.”
  • Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak on April 30, 2010, urged city employees not to travel to Arizona.
  • City of Pasadena on May 18, 2010, approved resolution condemning Arizona’s immigration law.
  • Portland (Oregon) City Council votes June 16, 2010, to denounce Arizona law. Council stopped short of a boycott after city attorneys advised the mayor that would violate city purchasing rules.
  • San Antonio City Council on June 24th, 2010, approved a resolution condemning the law and urging Texas not to adopt a similar one.
  • The San Jose (California) City Council on June 8, 2010, approved, by a 9-2 vote, a symbolic measure that condemns its neighboring state, rather than a harsher economic boycott. The measure includes a denunciation of the Arizona law, a prohibition on business trips by city employees to the state and support for legal challenges filed by other individuals or groups.
  • San Diego City Council on May 3, 2010, urged Arizona to repeal the law.
  • Santa Ana, California, City Council has condemned the law.
  • Tacoma City Council on May 25, 2010, approved resolution condemning Arizona’s law as encouraging racial profiling and dropped earlier language that called for a city boycott on business and travel to Arizona.
  • New York City Council on July 29, 2010, voted to stop council employees from using public funds to travel to Arizona. Council did not vote on a general boycott.


Other Public Bodies that have Announced Arizona Boycotts:

  • The San Francisco Unified School District Board on June 22, 2010, decided to ban all district travel to Arizona.
  • The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education on June 1, 2010, voted 6-0 to approve a resolution condemning the law and to explore ways to curtail economic support of the state and companies based here.
  • Denver Public Schools banned work-related travel to the state. But reported July 6, 2010, that most of 250 e-mails sent to the district since then support Arizona's law.
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College Board directed staff May 25, 2010, to refrain from buying goods from any Arizona-based company and from sending employees to meetings or conferences in Arizona.
  • However, the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors in Wisconsin voted July 7, 2010, to condemn the Milwaukee Area Technical College District Board's decision in May to boycott Arizona. The county board apologized to Arizona. State Sen. Glenn Grothman last week told the Ozaukee Press that the boycott was an embarrassment to Wisconsin. The county vote, though, prompted five supervisors to walk out. The vote was 16-5.
  • Both the Santa Monica College District Board of Trustees and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education have approved economic boycotts of Arizona.

Sample Resolution: Washington, D.C.

Chairman Vincent C. Gray
Councilmember Michael A. Brown
Councilmember Jim Graham


Councilmembers Michael A. Brown, Vincent C. Gray and Jim Graham introduced the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on ______________________.

To declare the sense of the Council that the District government and the District of Columbia Retirement Board do no business and invest no funds in Arizona state or municipal bonds and that no public funds from the District of Columbia be used to support participation at any conference or event held in the state of Arizona.

That this act may be cited as the “Sense of the Council Arizona Divestment Resolution of 2010”.

Sec. 2 The Council finds that:

  1. On April 23, 2010, Jan Brewer, Governor of the State of Arizona, signed Senate Bill 1070.
  2. Arizona Senate Bill 1070 specifically allows for the Arizona’s local and state police to enforce federal immigration laws, which are by definition under the jurisdiction of federal law enforcement agencies.
  3. Arizona Senate Bill 1070 allows for police officers to specifically profile Latino residents and request proof of residency whether or not a suspect is accused of committing any crime.
  4. Arizona Senate Bill 1070 will have a decidedly negative impact on the 1,785,737 Latinos who are currently in Arizona legally, who make up 22% of Arizona’s population.
  5. As Arizona Senate Bill 1070 will specifically impact Arizona’s Latino population only, the legislation creates a system of institutionalized racial profiling.
  6. When the State of Arizona refused to recognize Martin Luther King day, the District of Columbia Council opted to pass legislation to divest in the state of Arizona. This legislation helped to bring attention to the state of Arizona, which recognized Martin Luther King’s birthday in 1999.
  7. It is the fundamental responsibility of the District of Columbia to decide where, how and by whom financial resources in its control should be invested, taking into account numerous pertinent factors.
  8. It is the prerogative and desire of the District of Columbia, in respect to investment resources in its control and to the extent reasonable, with due consideration for, among other things, return on investment, on behalf of itself and its investment beneficiaries, not to participate in an ownership or capital-providing capacity with entities that provide significant practical support for racial profiling and institutionalized racial discrimination, including Arizona’s state and municipal bonds.
  9. It is the judgment of the District of Columbia Council that mandatory divestment of public funds from Arizona state and municipal bonds are measures that should be employed sparingly and judiciously. The serious legal concerns regarding civil rights violations, specifically racial profiling, as well as the overwhelming public outcry against this legislation from the Latino population, both in the United States as a whole and in the District specifically, satisfy this high threshold.
  10. Further, it is the judgment of the Council of the District of Columbia that no District of Columbia government employee or contractor shall participate in any conference or other event in Arizona where public funds are used to finance the travel of such employee or contractor.

Sec. 3. It is the Sense of the Council that the District government and the District of Columbia Retirement Board do no business and invest no funds in Arizona state or municipal bonds, or support travel to Arizona conferences or events with public funds, so long as Senate Bill 1070 remains in effect.

Sec. 4. The Secretary of the Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit copies of this resolution once adopted to the Mayor of the District of Columbia, and to the Board of trustees and Members of the DC Retirement Board.

Sec. 5. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon the first date of publication in the District of Columbia Register.

Sample Press Release:

[Insert letterhead here if applicable]

Press Contact:
[insert name]
[insert phone number and email]

For Immediate Release * For Immediate Release *For Immediate Release *

[insert name of your city] to vote on resolution to boycott Arizona
SB 1070, Ethnic Studies and Affirmative Action Bans move council to join international condemnation

[Insert Date, City and State] – After on-going international outcry and widespread protest against the Arizona SB 1070 law that codifies racism and the continued passage of bills escalating a climate of hate in the Southwest, [NAME OF CITY] is among the growing number of cities passing resolutions to limit the spending of public funds in Arizona.

“The laws in Arizona are an attack on all of our human dignity. It is not about immigration, it is against democracy and the values we hold as a community,” said [insert name and description here] “SB 1070 used immigration to attack all people of color. Now they’ve banned affirmative action as well. Our city refuses to take part in sowing hate when we should be coming together.”

 “Arizona’s actions are clearly an outrage, and an unwillingness to accept racism and anti-immigrant attacks in this country,” said Pablo Alvarado of NDLON speaking about the protests sweeping the country in opposition to the bills.

“We can't sit back and let people’s rights be violated like this in our country.” States [insert the name of one of your spokespeople and their affiliation here].


  • Link to your organization website / online link for information related to this event (and/or pitchengine* site)
  • Links to where VISUALS, GRAPHICS, PHOTOS will be uploaded before/during/after event
  • Links to VIDEO if available
  • For more information about the national campaign, see:
  • [one paragraph about your organization, if applicable]


Talking Points for Why a City Should Boycott Arizona:

Do you want your money to be spent supporting a human rights violator like Arizona?  I didn't think so!

What You Can Do:
Talk with your city or state elected leader.  Tell them to join cities all across the nation that are saying no to hate by boycotting Arizona like Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Paul, El Paso and Austin.

What You Need:
A meeting with your representative to discuss the resolution and any ties or contracts with Arizona based companies. A sample resolution (sample attached).  Ask your representative to schedule a briefing with the rest of the body about the issue or have your friends talk with other representatives about introducing the resolution.  When the resolution is introduced, fill city hall with supporters.

  • It is the fundamental responsibility of [CITIES] to decide where, how and by whom financial resources in its control should be invested, taking into account numerous pertinent factors.
  • It is the prerogative and desire of [CITIES], in respect to investment resources in its control and to the extent reasonable, with due consideration for, among other things, return on investment, on behalf of itself and its investment beneficiaries, not to participate in an ownership or capital-providing capacity with entities that provide significant practical support for racial profiling and institutionalized racial discrimination, including Arizona’s state and municipal bonds.
  • The serious legal concerns regarding civil rights violations, specifically racial profiling, as well as the overwhelming public outcry against this legislation from the Latino population, both in the United States as a whole and in the [CITY] specifically, satisfy this high threshold for employing these measures.



List of upcoming concerts in Arizona:

List of upcoming concerts in Phoenix:

The Sound Strike (

Letter from Zach de la Rocha, Lead Singer of Rage Against the Machine, founder of the Sound Strike

Zach de la Rocha Photo“Sound Strike Artists, Sisters and Brothers,

I wanted to personally thank you for joining the Sound Strike and your support of the immigrant communities in Arizona and across the country

For me, Sound Strike is more than just a coalition of Artists participating in the International Boycott of Arizona in the wake of the passage of SB 1070. Sound Strike artists are helping to galvanize a new generation of political ideas that reject old ways of thinking while affirming that we are all equal. We have already had a lot of success.

We are not alone. We are a part of an international boycott of Arizona. Across the world hundreds of cities, nations, organizations, universities and professional athletes have united in solidarity against the repressive Arizona policies of hate. Thanks to all of you we have played a huge role...”

Click here to view/download the full letter

The Word Strike (

Word Strike is a collective of writers against SB 1070 and also a Facebook Group.

Word Strike Logo

Writers’ Letter Boycotting SB1070:

“We call on our fellow writers to join the growing movement to boycott the State of Arizona until it revokes anti-immigrant law SB 1070. Scheduled to take effect July 29, the statute requires law enforcement officers to detain anyone they think is an undocumented immigrant. The law will lead to the profiling and detention of anyone who does not look like they belong—not just undocumented immigrants, but U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The law also criminalizes anyone who shelters or transports an undocumented immigrant and allows anyone to sue any -Arizona county, city, or town, if they think the law is not being enforced zealously enough. What Arizona has legislated, in other words, is nothing less than a police state….”

Click here to go to their website.

Click here to see their Facebook Group page.

Artists Against Arizona:

Artists Against Arizona is a Facebook Group. This is their call to action:

Artists Against Arizona Logo“We are calling on members of the worldwide artistic community—whether visual, performing, literary or other discipline—to boycott the state of Arizona in opposition to this unjust legislation, for as long as it remains on the books. We ask artists to not perform, produce, present, appear or conduct business in Arizona so that lawmakers there understand that the rest of the country disapproves, so they will feel the economic impact of their bad decision. We call on talent agents, managers, publicists, unions and associations to also support this effort and the artists they represent who choose to join.

We also call on fans and supporters of the arts to contact their favorite performers and artists and encourage them to participate in this boycott. Fans can also show their support for the boycott by writing to Arizona Governor Brewer, and by supporting their favorite artists when they make appearances in other states.

The artistic community has a natural role to play in commenting and responding to social issues. Now more than ever the time is right to act.”

Click here to visit their Facebook Page

Poets Responding to SB 1070:

Poets Responding to SB 1070 is a Facebook Group.

This is their statement of purpose:

Poets Responding to 1070“Poets Responding to SB 1070 is a Facebook page and a gathering place for poets to come together to respond to Arizona SB 1070, a law that targets immigrants and encourages racial profiling.

The result of Arizona SB 1070 is that undocumented immigrant workers and legalized immigrants are harassed, jailed, and in some cases deported, based on their skin color or accent.

Maricopa County, Arizona, in particular, was already known for its civil rights abuses against legal and undocumented immigrants, and the U.S. Department of Justice has filed civil rights charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Our page features poetry, and highlights news stories related to Arizona, immigration, and human rights violations of immigrants in the U.S.

The founder of Poets Against SB 1070 is poet, writer and University of California/Davis professor Francisco X. Alarcon. Other poet moderators include Edith Morris-Vasquez, Odilia Galván Rodríguez, Alma Luz Villanueva, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Meg Withers, Scott Maurer, Hedy Trevino, Andrea Hernandez Holm, Elena Díaz Bjorkquist, Abel Salas, Israel Francisco Haros Lopez and Carmen Calatayud.

Thank you for joining us here. All people who care about human rights are welcome.”

Click here to visit their Facebook Page

Talking Points on Why Artists Should Boycott

Los Angeles, California, May 25, 2010

We are reaching out to get your ear for a minute about this critical situation in Arizona. If you haven't heard, the Arizona state legislature passed a bill (SB 1070) that was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer that legalizes and sanctions racial profiling. Straight up.

It forces the cops to hunt down and target anyone they "reasonably suspect" that may be undocumented. And if the people they harass don't have proof that they were born in the U.S., they can be detained and arrested. This must be stopped.

Fans of our music, our stories, our films and our words can be pulled over and harassed every day because they are brown or black, or for the way they speak, or for the music they listen to. People who are poor like some of us used to be could be forced to live in a constant state of fear while just doing what they can to find work and survive. This law opens the door for them to be shaken down, or even worse, detained and deported while just trying to travel home from school, from home to work, or when they just roll out with their friends.

Some of us grew up dealing with racial profiling, but this law (SB 1070) takes it to a whole new low. If other states follow the direction of the Arizona government, we could be headed towards a pre-civil rights era reality. This unjust law was set into motion by the same Arizona government that refused to acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. day as a national holiday.

When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, they arrested her. As a result, people got together and said we are not going to ride the bus until they change the law. It was this courageous action that sparked the Montgomery bus boycott. What if we got together, signed a collective letter saying, "we're not going to ride the bus", saying we are not going to comply. We are not going to play in Arizona. We are going to boycott Arizona!

Zack de la Rocha

For more info see:

Artists Boycotting SB 1070:

From the Sound Strike:


Other Musicians from the Sound Strike:

24 THORNS, 3 Digit IQ, 3 Headed Dog, 3/5 HUMAN, 5ABI KINGS, 60 Tigres, A Fashion For Regret, A Map of the Chelsea Leaf, A/Collision, Abyssal Creatures, Afrikan Soul, Agents of Change, Agents of Karma, Aidan Simpson, Aline Frazao, All Leather, ALPHA 60, AMBIENTE, Amenity, American Werewolf, Amnesia Fatal, Amsterdam Daycare, Andrew & Joel, Andrew Anderson, Annah Anti-Palindrome, Anti-Flag, Antmanmusic, Aparato!, Apollo Poetry (MTV), Aqua Vitae, Aquapimp, Arizona Project, art damage, Artists Against Apartheid, Audiojack, Audrey Raven Mills, AYESHA, Aztlan Underground, BajoxtierrA, barbershoppe, Barn Owl, Beep Kitty, Beggars & Thieves, Best , of the Worst, Beta, BIG Garna, Big Red Marbles, Billy Bragg, Bipolar, Bita Shafipour, Blade of Grass, Blood Drained Cows, Blowback, Blue Rosa, bonasound, BOYSCOUT, Brass Menazeri, Balkan Brass Band, Bravo, Utah!, Bud Carroll and the Southern Souls, Bumbo Villanueva, Burning at the Stake, BUSTARD, C.C. Sheffield, Cabeza de Gallo, Cabron, Caitlin R. Kiernan, candyslade, Caniform, capgun coup, Carlos Paul, Chachi On acid, Chaela, Changos, Chikita Violenta, Child Abuse, Chris Big Money, Chris Prythm, Chrissy Velia Gurrola, Christian Melendez, Chungo Rock, Classwar, Claudio, Claudio Marchesini, Close To Modern, code 000, Columbia, Comascape, Common I, Conflikto Armado, Coyote Bones, Crazy Famous, Crocodiles, Cuauhtmoc, Cymbal Rush, D.A.F, D.J.Renegade Seed Of Soul, Dafne Marahuntha, DALANSHAR, Dali Felipe, Dan Sena, dangercats, Daniel Cruz, Daniel Jackson Casias, Dapuntobeat, DAVID DE LA MORA, Deadlee, DEERPEOPLE, Deschanel, Desoto Jones, Destroy Everything, Detour Ahead, Dezaztre Natural, Dion, Disco Villains, Distaudio, Distortion Animal, Dj Beezie, DJ Jonathan E., DJ Remedy, dj sequencer, Dj Shiro, DJ Sky Makai, Dj Splinta, DJ Spooky, DJ WORDS, DJ Xecution, Doleful Lions, DOM PRO, doublespeak, Drew Schwartz & The Watchtowers, Drug Money, DU3, Dylan Morrison, Dylan Tidyman-Jones, Echoes Of A Supernova, edelart, El Camino al Mictlan, El Cuervo de Poe, El Trompo, Elephant Gun, Eli the Alibi, Emma Rosenthal, ENDIF, Eon, Eopath, Esperanza Xochitl, Esternocloidemastoideo, esthero, Ex Machina, Exit 116, Face Time Police, Fallin Way, Fanfarrosa, farideh, Farsight, Fasten, Fathr^, Fault line, Fenix Down, Fifth Faction, First Step To Failure, FLAN, FLATTBUSH, Flight Orchestra, Fonseca, Fools On Sunday, Fortune & Spirits, From The Pawn, FRONT-LINE GUERRILLA SONORA, Gabe VNON Rosales, Gabriel Aury, Gaia, Generic Concession Stand, Geraldine Hunt, GIORDANO MOREL, Girl in a Coma, Godshamgod, GoldRat, goodnightparis, Green Flashing Light, Greg Strong, Gregory Siff, Groovin Ground, Guerrilla Warfare, Halston, Harlan y Grossman, Harpers Ferry, herbieman, High Above The Storm, Hip Transmit, Hue And Cry, hydramelody, iKiLLCaRS, iLL-iteracy, Immortal Technique, INSITE, Intertwined, ,Intoccabile, J. Codec, J.ALLEN, Jacky Jasper, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Jarris Margalli, Jeff Hayes, Jeffrey Simmons, Jenny and Johnny, Jesse Somfay, Jmil Kly, Joel BL, John Iversen, John Lee, John Montoya, Jonathan Boulay, Jonzer Jackson, Jose RiKo, Juan Galeano, Juliana Sparks, Junkyard Empire, Jus Rhyme, Justin Pearson, Ken Rhodes, Kendall Swan, Kid Cynical, Killa Politik, Killbot Kindergarten, Kimya Dawson, KMGT, Knifepoint, KOFRE, KontraGolpeNoiseManifesto, Koskee, Kyle Harvey, Kyle Vincent, Kymberlee Ann Lopez, L Spice, La 5ta Paralela, La Family Dub, La Lupe, La Noche Oskura, La Paz en el Mundo, Le-Ti, Leo Añorve, Leo Añorve, Like Tigers, Lila Downs, Lina Zoo, lineasdenazca, Little Black Bats, Locos por Juana, Logikal, Lokixximo, London After Midnight, London Bridgez, Longstay, Lorissa Chapa, Los Faggots, Los Harris, Los Leftovers, Los Mas Valientes, Los Sabrosones, Los Vicios De Papá, Lou Patty, Lowlight, Lucia Pulido, Lymbyc Systym, Macula, Mahtie Bush, MAKAR, MAKIABELLA, Maleco Collective, Malverde, maniqui lazer, Marc Copely, Matt Love, MCRizhock, Meklit Hadero, MFMRAM, Mic. Bomb, Michael Davis, Michael Patrick, Michael Tannenbaum, Micro, Mike and Matt, Mike de la Rocha, Mincho Jacob, Miri, Missing Human, Monk Turner, Monkeywrench, Monttrio, Moon Reflecting of Conductors of the OM-Ni-Presence, Mopreme Shakur, Moral Decline, Moses Valdez, Mr. Shammi, Mujeres Latinas, Mullah, Musical Barreda, Mystic, N A E, N.M.E. RIFA, Navegante, Næss, NEVERODDOREVEN, Nine Inch Nails, Ninja Gun, No Kill I, no Regime, Norman LaFave, Of The Human Kind, Oilhead, Olokun, Op-Critical, Orion en Llamas, Paper Canyons, Paradox Parade, Pareto, Peter and the Ads, Phat Man Dee, Philip David Morgan, Pigeon Religion, Pistol Youth, Pitstop Romantico, plaver, POLITIK-corner block music, Post Dessler, Professor Edit, Rage.One, Raiz Muzik, Ramona The Band, Rebelmatic, Red in my Head, Red State Soundsystem, rescue a hero, Reverso, REYES DEL BAJO MUNDO, Rhondo & The Goodes, Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine, Rick Hart and the Blue Horse Band, RIKKI LA ROUGE, RiKo, ROBOTANISTS, Rock Out City, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Rouchpollito, Rumy Marcelo, Rupa & the April Fishes, Rusell Varner, Ryan Harvey, Riot-Folk, Ryan Keeley, Ryan Kelly, RYDEL, Sabertooth Tiger, Sage and Eon, Sagrada Escritura, Santos Ramos, Sarah Valeri, School of Liars, Sebastian Hell, Secret Fun Club, Seditious, Sessha Batto, Seth Kibel, Shane Bugbee, SHANGRI-LA, Sharlene Holt, Sharpening Markers, Sheila Nicholls, Sherman Austin, shie Moreno, Sigo Siendo Un Fantasma, Silent Treatment [LP], Situation Gravity, SJLI, Sleep Wolf Twilight Eyes, sleeping with angels, Sloppy Joe, Social Klash, Sofia Alice Radin, Soul Rebel Radio, Sound System Rebellion, Sound Twins, Spider, Spynn, STAY, Steel Panther, Stefania Antonucci, Stephan Said, Sterile Jets, Steven Evetts, Stop! Thief!, Subdue, Suicide Contrition, SUPERCHIEF, SURI, Sweet Honey In The Rock, sydvalo, Teezone, That Militancy, The Bottom Dollars, The Alexandria Kleztet, the alien mystic, The Armed Forces, The Awful Beauty, The Bastard Fairies, The Big Joe Hurt Band, The Brass Monkey Band, The Candles, The Coup, The Cran Tangerines, The Cyklones, The Deluge, The Direction, The Dissociates, The Drink Up, Honey, The Ex- Girlfriends Club, The F.U.S.S., The FezTones, The Flails, The Good Reverend, The Griot, The Head Hurtz Monstarz, the headless acrobats, The Humboldt Trio, The Informals, The Insurgency, The Jackmouths, The Janet Terminal, The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre, The Joysticks, The Killing Flame, The Kokiri Kids, The Krayolas, The New Loud, The New Years Gang, The Nova Echo, The Pointless Forest, The Raptors, The River Monks, The Summer Set, the sun seven, The Third Men, The U-Liners, The Ugly Club, The Whispering Tree, The Wild Complete, Tibia Aldea, Titus and the Raindrops, ToesuckerDateNight, Tom Asakawa, Totec, Tralfamadorians, Triple Overhead Cam, Tropa Solar, Tsitrainside, tunnelmental experimental assembly, Two Kings, Tyrone Murphy, Ugly Girls, Ulrich Ellison, un.real, Underdream, unidentified frequency orchestra, Unidub Estacion, Uromastyx, vampire slayer, Vault Thieves, Veronica Lopez, vio/mire, Virgin Heart Society, ViSE ViRSA, VOLTOR ROCK, Voodoo Train, W. Kamau Bell, We Are Now Awake, WERNER MANUEL MARROQUIN, Workingman, XXOO, Y Fuego Mod, Zac Rossett

For up-to-date artist list, visit

Articles about Musical Artists Against SB 1070

  • Leading International Artist Pitbull Reacts to Arizona’s SB1070 by Canceling Show in Phoenix
    LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2010) - Top global hitmaker, Pitbull, announced this afternoon via Twitter and his websites ( and ) his decision to cancel the May 31 date of his “Mr. Worldwide’s Carnaval” tour in Phoenix, AZ in protest of the recent passing of the state’s controversial SB1070 legislation ... read more
  • Shakira Condemns Arizona's Immigration Law
    Phoenix (April 29, 2010) - Latina pop star Shakira condemned Arizona's new law targeting undocumented immigration, saying it promotes discrimination and robs Latinos of human dignity. …read more
  • Emilio Estefan Calls for Boycott of Arizona
    CNN (May 6, 2010) - Music producer and songwriter Emilio Estefan says Latinos should boycott Arizona in response to the new immigration law. …watch video
  • Kanye West Urges Artists to Boycott Arizona
    WENN (May 28, 2010) - Kanye West has urged his fellow musicians to boycott Arizona over the U.S. state's controversial new immigration legislation - calling on artists to follow in the footsteps of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. …read more
  • Chris Rock, Nine Inch Nails, Maroon Five join Boycott
    (June 28, 2010) - Comedian Chris Rock, hard-edge rockers Nine Inch Nails and alternative pop band Maroon Five have joined the list of artists boycotting Arizona over its new immigration law. …read more
  • Conor Oberst Pens Open Letter To Arizona Promoter Charlie Levy
    (July 2, 2010) - Bright Eyes' mainman Conor Oberst has been an outspoken advocate for Zack de la Rocha's Sound Strike effort, joining fellow musicians and artists in a campaign to compel the state of Arizona to repeal its controversial immigration law. …read more
  • Los Lobos say “No” to Arizona, Join with Boycott
    (June 4, 2010) - Through their management, Los Lobos issued the following statement: “We support the boycott of Arizona. The new law will inevitably lead to unfair racial profiling and possible abuse of people who just happen to look Latino. As a result, in good conscience, we could not see ourselves performing in Arizona. We regret the inconvenience this may have caused the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort and our fans, but we feel strongly that it is the right thing to do.” …read more



Conferences and meetings bring millions of dollars every year into Phoenix.  Move or cancel the meeting that you have scheduled and send a message about your moral opposition to AZ SB 1070. 

What You Can Do:
Start talking now with your group, company or university leaders now about changing plans.  If they won't go somewhere else, then you should not attend and state your reasons for doing so.

What You Need:
Some talking points, some signatures from your supporters and a meeting with your leaders.  Once you've successfully gotten your conference moved, send a letter to Jan Brewer and one to us at Puente!

Flyer from Clarendon Hotel admitting SB1070-provoked Boycott is hurting them:

Clarendon Flyer about Effects of Boycott

Stop the Conference: The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Conference Cancellations due to Arizona’s S.B. 1070

Center for American Progress report on economic impact on AZ’s Convention Industry since the beginning of the Boycott.

Passage of S.B. 1070 triggered a fierce, national public-opinion backlash against Arizona and led many national organizations and opinion leaders to call for economic boycotts. Arizona’s convention industry felt the effects of this backlash immediately when major groups and associations started canceling events and conventions in the state.

Download this report (pdf)
Download the executive summary (pdf)
Download the report to e-readers and mobile devices from Scribd
Video: Ask the Expert: Angela Kelley on the Economic Effects of Arizona's Immigration Law

To speak with their experts on this topic, please contact:

Print: Megan Smith (health care, education, economic policy) 202.741.6346 or

Print: Anna Soellner (foreign policy and security, energy)

Print: Raúl Arce-Contreras (ethnic media, immigration) 202.478.5318 or

Radio: Laura Pereyra 202.741.6258 or

TV: Andrea Purse 202.741.6250 or

Web: Erin Lindsay 202.741.6397 or

Major Convention Centers in Arizona:

Website with list of Arizona Conference and Meeting Facilities:

Convention centers sorted in order of descending number of meeting rooms (largest venues first):

  1. Phoenix Marriott Mesa
    No calendar online
  2. Scottsdale Plaza Resort
    No calendar online
  3. Tucson Convention Center
  4. Mesa Convention Center

Others convention locations:

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
(602) 955-6600
2400 E. Missouri
Phoenix, AZ  85016
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
(602) 252-1234
122 N. 2nd St.
Phoenix, AZ  85004
Wyndham Phoenix
(602) 333-0000
50 East Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ  85004
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
(602) 866-7500
11111 N. 7TH ST
Phoenix, AZ  85020
Pointe South Mountain Resort
(602) 438-9000
7777 S. Pointe Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ  85044
The Wigwam Resort
300 Wigwam Blvd
Litchfield Park, AZ  85340

Scottsdale Convention Center & Visitors Bureau

Phoenix Convention Center


Talking Points:

Sample Press Release:

Friday, April 23, 201
CONTACTS: George Tzamaras or Jenny Levy

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), moments after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the harshest anti-immigration bill passed in the U.S. in more than a decade, instructed its Executive Committee to move the Association’s fall 2010 conference, previously scheduled for Arizona, to another state.

AILA President Bernie Wolfsdorf explained, “We cannot in good conscience spend association dollars in a state that dehumanizes the people we represent and fight for. What Governor Brewer has done by signing this bill into law is to validate all of the irrational fears by people who are not willing to acknowledge the economic and cultural benefits of immigration to our country.”

“If Arizonans are serious about ending illegal immigration, they should be the first in line at the United States Capitol to urge Congress to the do the right thing and pass comprehensive immigration reform,” Wolfsdorf concluded.


The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Sample Article & Video:

by Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- While more and more cities and groups are announcing decisions to boycott Arizona over the controversial new anti-illegal-immigration bill, one group is going ahead with a long-planned meeting, much to the dismay of protesters. It's the nation's largest gathering of lawyers.

While the American Bar Association is still holding its Equal Justice Conference here in Phoenix, the organization said it has restructured the meeting's focus to cover Senate Bill 1070. The ABA said that as a group it opposes the law. Speakers at the conference will explore questions raised by SB 1070, as well as the issues of intimidation and immigration reform.

Nearly 1,000 people were expected to attend the event, but hundreds of people and one of the co-sponsors pulled out after the signing of SB 1070 and the subsequent backlash. Because of that, the ABA moved the meeting to the Pointe Hilton.

The scaled-back ABA conference starts today and is scheduled to run through Saturday. A group of protesters had said they would storm the conference and disrupt the meeting.

They said the ABA members are not living up to their sworn oath as lawyers. Many of those protesters said they were prepared to be arrested if it came to that.

Sample Video:

Groups that have announced travel boycotts of Arizona:

  • Presbyterian Church General Assembly voted 420-205 July 8, 2010, to "refrain from holding national meetings in states where travel by immigrant Presbyterians or Presbyterians of color might subject them to harassment due to legislation."
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Asian American Justice Center
  • Center for Community Change
  • L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
  • Law and Society Association
  • Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators (formerly National Association of Foreign Student Advisers)
  • National Alliance of Black Educators
  • National Association of Legal Professionals
  • National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • National Puerto Rican Coalition
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  • Sociologists Without Borders
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
  • World Boxing Council

National Organizations Boycotting Arizona SB 1070

  • ASPIRA Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • Hispanic Federation, Inc.
  • Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • MANA—A National Latina Organization
  • National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives
  • National Association of Hispanic Publications
  • National Conference for Puerto Rican Women
  • National Hispanic Council on Aging
  • National Hispanic Media Coalition, Inc.
  • National Institute for Latino Policy
  • National Puerto Rican Coalition (NPRC)
  • SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
  • U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
  • William C. Velasquez Institute
  • Afro-Latino Development Alliance
  • National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • Asian American Justice Center (AAJC)
  • Center for Community Change (CCC)
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (Leadership Conference)
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
  • Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  • Mexican-American Coalition for Immigration Reform (MXACIR)
  • United Church of Christ, Arizona
  • Voto Latino
  • CAUSA, Inc.
  • United Food and Commercial Workers
  • International Union American
  • Educational Research Assocation
  • World Boxing Council
  • Sociologists Without Borders
  • L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators (formerly National Assn. of Foreign Student Advisers)
  • Law and Society Association

(Source: Unite Arizona)

Known cancellations of conventions, meetings or events planned in Arizona:

  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has cancelled an annual border governors meeting because Mexico border governors said they would boycott the event. The conference was scheduled to occur in Arizona in 2010.
  • National Minority Suppliers Development Council, Inc., is moving its fall 2010 Phoenix convention to Florida. Seven thousand were expected to attend.
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the oldest African American Greek-lettered fraternity, canceled a July, 2010 meeting at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Five thousand were expected to attend. Convention moved to Las Vegas.
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association canceled its fall 2010 conference at the Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley.
  • National Urban League. The group issued a rebuke of the city and suspended consideration of Phoenix's bid to host its 2012 annual conference.
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico has canceled its exchange program with the University of Arizona.
  • Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí has canceled its exchange program with the University of Arizona.
  • Club América, one of Mexico's biggest soccer teams, canceled its exhibition match against Club de Fútbol Pachuca scheduled for July 7, 2010, at U. of Phoenix Stadium.
  • Representatives of the Mexican state of Sonora announced they would not attend the annual meeting of the Sonora-Arizona Commission, June 3-4, 2010 in Phoenix.
  • Mexico's six border governors announced they would boycott the 28th annual U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Conference if it is held as scheduled in Phoenix in September, 2010.
  • In the Chicago area, the Highland Park High School girls varsity basketball team canceled a trip to play in a basketball tournament, citing "safety concerns" related to the new law.
  • Glass Art Society, of Seattle, canceled its 2011 conference in Tucson.
  • National Urban League canceled its 2012 conference in Phoenix.
  • The Los Lobos musical group canceled a June 10, 2010, performance at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.
  • Musicians Daryl Hall and John Oates canceled postgame concert scheduled July 3, 2010, at Chase Field.
  • SOPHE Boycotts Arizona: Relocates Conference in Opposition to Immigration and Ethnic Studies Bills
    Washington, D.C. – Following the recent enactment of Arizona legislation on illegal immigration (SB 1070) and prohibiting ethnic studies in schools (HB 2281), the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) will relocate its 2011 Midyear Meeting, previously scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona, to another state.
    ... read more
  • 2010 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference
    AILA President Bernie Wolfsdorf explained, “We cannot in good conscience spend association dollars in a state that dehumanizes the people we represent and fight for. What Governor Brewer has done by signing this bill into law is to validate all of the irrational fears by people who are not willing to acknowledge the economic and cultural benefits of immigration to our country.”
    “If Arizonans are serious about ending illegal immigration, they should be the first in line at the United States Capitol to urge Congress to the do the right thing and pass comprehensive immigration reform,” Wolfsdorf concluded.
    ... read more
  • Alpha Phi Alpha to boycott Arizona Moving annual convention to Las Vegas
    “Late Thursday, April 29, our national Board of Directors voted unanimously to rescind the location of Phoenix, Arizona as our meeting location of the 104th Anniversary/90th General Convention in July
    ... read more
  • Phi Iota Alpha boycotts AFA Annual Meeting in Arizona in response to SB-1070
    New York - As a result of the proposed enactment of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and subsequent House Bill 2281, Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc., will not send delegates to the upcoming Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) Annual Meeting scheduled to be held this Fall in Phoenix, Arizona.
    ... read more
  • Puerto Rican Day Parades Organization will no longer hold its conference in Arizona next year (2011)
  • National Minority Suppliers Development Council, Inc., is moving its fall Phoenix convention to Florida. Seven thousand were expected to attend

Other actions against:

  • U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit July 6, 2010, to challenge Senate Bill 1070, the immigration law. Five other lawsuits have been filed.
  • The California Endowment, which has about $5.2 million invested in five Arizona companies, including PetSmart, has sent a letter to the companies saying it is reconsidering its investments because of Arizona's new immigration law. The foundation promotes affordable health care and wants to "do so with respect for the dignity of those communities and the people in them," according to a letter from Robert K. Ross, the endowment's CEO.
  • Thirty two state-level chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued an advisory for the July Fourth, 2010, weekend, saying the new law could lead to racial profiling and informing people of their rights.
  • Nineteen business groups from across Arizona on July 1, 2010, issued a joint statement urging federal immigration reform.
  • U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel on June 27, 2010, endorsed boycotts of Arizona "on account of its manifestly racist laws."
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) urged companies such as Frito-Lay not to sponsor Arizona sporting events, such as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale.
  • American Anthropological Association condemned SB 1070 and refuses to have meetings in Arizona until law is repealed or struck down.
  • The Sound Strike is a movement launched online to organize artists to boycott Arizona. It is being led by Zack de la Rocha of the band Rage Against the Machine. Almost 200 musical groups are participating, as well as moviemaker Michael Moore. The groups may perform in a protest concert outside Arizona.
  • The AFL-CIO has condemned the law, claiming it could lead to racial profiling and could undermine worker rights by discouraging Latinos from filing complaints.
  • Consortium of Professional and Academic Associations condemns Arizona's immigration law and HB 2281 that prohibits ethnic studies. The consortium consists of 13 groups, including Association of Asian American Studies, Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association, and Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.
  • The council of the City of New York and other city immigration and civil-rights advocates denounced the law on April 29, 2010.
  • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee condemned the law on April 24, 2010.
  • Major League Baseball Players Association called for repeal of the law, saying it could have a negative effect on hundreds of baseball players who are citizens of other countries.
  • La Opinion, the country's largest Spanish-language newspaper, on April 26, 2010, urged a boycott of all goods and services from Arizona and avoidance of tourism-related travel to the state.
  • National Association of Single People, an association of almost 10,000 members based in Newport Beach, California, announced a convention boycott of Los Angeles and reported it was exploring sites in Chandler and Sedona at which to hold its 2011 regional conference and 2012 annual conference.
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting in Oklahoma City, on June 14, 2010, approved a resolution condemning Arizona's new law and asking Congress for an overhaul of federal immigration policies.
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an organization which aims to promote rights for those in the United States, announced a boycott of Arizona, pledging to hold no conferences in the state as well as promising to pressure its 200 member organizations to do the same.
  • The League of United Latin American Citizens said that a broad list of Latino organizations have banded together to coordinate a boycott of Arizona and support legal challenges to the state's new immigration law. A press release announcing the campaign, which the league has named “Unite Arizona,” states that the boycott will focus on companies who support politicians who voted for the immigration bill. In addition, none of the groups in the campaign will hold conventions in the state.
  • The National Council of La Raza declared a boycott of Arizona, stating that it will not hold any events in Arizona and asking its members and affiliates to do the same. It also said it will “widely disseminate the adverse consequences of this legislation” and asked other American institutions to consider not doing business with Arizona or Arizona-based companies. An extensive list of organizations signed the statement as well; a full list can be found at
  • The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) announced that Phoenix was no longer being considered as a site for its 2012 conference. In a press release, it stated that the new law “virtually guarantees harassment of its conference attendees.” The convention would have brought 3,000 people to the state for four days.
  • The Seattle-based Glass Art Society decided not to hold its 2011 convention in Tucson, Ariz., depriving the city of 2,500 potential visitors that would have stayed for three days.
  • The International Communications Association, National Association of Black Accountants and National Urban League all canceled their planned 2012 conventions in Phoenix, according to the Arizona Republic.
  • The American Educational Research Association voted at its annual meeting in Denver to stop holding meetings in Arizona while the new immigration law is still in effect.
  • The historically black Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity moved its 104th annual convention, which was scheduled to take place in Phoenix from July 21 to 25, to Las Vegas, Nev., citing safety concerns for some of its members. The fraternity estimated that moving the convention would deprive the state of up to 10,000 visitors.
  • The Republican National Committee passed over Phoenix and instead chose Tampa, Fla. as the location for its 2012 national convention. While officially this decision had nothing to do with Arizona's new immigration law, one can't help but speculate that Arizona missed out as Republicans try to avoid any setbacks and negative press as they prepare for this year's elections.




List of companies in Arizona that are the targets of our boycott:


We are politically active because we handle a product that is politically sensitive,” he (Hensley CEO Robert Delgado) said, according to a 2007 Arizona Republic article. Indeed.

Hensley and Company was founded in Arizona in 1955 by Jim Hensley, father to Cindy Hensley McCain, the current Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and controlling stockholder of the privately-held company, as well as the wife of US Senator John McCain.

A distribution company, Hensley’s main stock and trade is Anheuser-Busch products—especially Budweiser—making them the nation’s third-largest and Phoenix’s leading A-B distributor, with a commanding 60 percent market share.

John McCain, the seventh richest US Senator by net worth, can thank the lucrative Hensley and Company for approximately half of his at least $30 million in assets, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Hensley was also McCain’s fourth largest contributor between 2001 and 2008, contributing $24,000 to his campaigns.

Once a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, US Senator McCain has conducted an abrupt about face, utilizing his millions to hammer relentlessly at the immigrant community. From his support of SB 1070 to his recent campaign ad, which calls on the US government to “complete [that] danged fence” and blames undocumented immigrants for supposed spike in home invasion and murder, McCain is fanning the flames of hate and discrimination against Latinos and in Arizona and around the country.

According to their website, “Hensley and Anheuser-Busch have been a friend and partner to the Latino community for many years.

However, their pattern of contribution in Arizona reveals a different story. The abovementioned CEO Robert Delgado chairs the Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers PAC, which nearly exclusively receives contributions from Hensley’s own executive and employees and has given overwhelmingly in the latest election cycle to the state legislators responsible for SB 1070, from leadership to prime sponsors of the bill who voted in favor. In addition to their PAC donations, Hensley executives gave thousands of dollars in 2008 in direct contributions to these legislators. In an especially “politically sensitive” move, CEO Robert Delgado has contributed to governor Jan Brewer, signor of SB 1070, for her 2010 re-election campaign.

It’s clear: Anheuser-Busch markets widely to the Latino community, only to turn around and use the profits from our purchases to finance Congresspeople and legislators—behind the scenes—who consistently vote against our interests. Let’s tell them that we’re on to them.



Founded in 1983 by James “Jimmy John” Liautaud, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches has expanded to nearly 1,000 shops, most around colleges and universities. Their website proudly claims “what makes Jimmy John’s different from the rest is that it’s honest.” However, according to Maricopa County Elections Department investigation of political contributions, “honest” may not be the best word to describe Mr. Liautaud himself. Prior to the 2008 election, the Liautaud Development Group, LLC, (also run by Jimmy John) funneled $10,000 to the “Sheriff Command Association,” which used the money to bolster the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s electoral chances, by assassinating the character of his opponent, Dan Saban, in vicious—and dishonest—attack ads. Given that Arizona law prohibits limited liability companies in “mak[ing] any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election,” it remains to be seen whether JJ will be penalized for playing fast and loose with Arizona law to bankroll a Sheriff sworn to uphold ours, who has instead paved the way for the passage of SB 1070.

But Jimmy John doesn’t stop at funding anti-immigrant and anti-Latino candidates in Arizona. Nationally, he has chosen to fund Senator John McCain in his latest anti-reform years ($4,600 in 2008), as well as contributing to the “Free and Strong PAC” ($5,000 in 2009) which has invested overwhelmingly in the same US Representatives and Senators who are stonewalling any effort at just and comprehensive immigration reform, blocking millions—INCLUDING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DREAM ACT STUDENTS—from any chance at the American Dream.

Make a Deal, Keep a Deal,” is the Golden Rule of Jimmy John’s. What about keeping the dream alive for all the students (and families) who eat your Subs, Jimmy John?



The 40th Annual Tostitos Bowl, a member of the Bowl Championship Series and sure to be one of the most-watched college football events, is scheduled to be played in Glendale, AZ, on January 2, 2011. This game, together with the accompanying parades, parties and elegant dinners, is projected to generate millions of dollars for Arizona’s economy.

Tostitos is registered trademarks of Frito-Lay North America, who spends over 50 million in sponsorships of the Bowl. Despite requests to honor the boycott from our allies in Texas—Acción America—Frito-Lay has shown no interest in withdrawing their support of the Bowl, which they describe as part of the their “ongoing mission to inspire well-being.”

Well-being…for whom? For the millions of Latinos and immigrants who purchase their many products every day?

Not quite.

The Arizona-based Tostitos Fiesta Bowl executives make no secret of their support for those who have made SB 1070 into the new “Juan Crow” Law of Arizona. From the Executive Director, John Junker, to the Chief Operating Officer, Natalie Wisneski, to the Directors Jay Fields and Anthony Aguilar, all have given the maximum contribution to Governor Jan Brewer’s 2010 re-election efforts. Junker and Wisneski have given even more in seed money to the 2010 campaign of the SB 1070 author (and chum of unapologetic neo-Nazi J.T. Ready), Russell Pearce.

On the Bowl site, Frito-Lay proudly crows, “the Tostitos Brand believes there is nothing better than the unrivaled fun of watching two talented football teams vie to be the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl champions.

We can think of something a whole-lot better: the immediate repeal of SB 1070.

And, until this unjust, inhumane, unconstitutional law is repealed, Frito-Lay should not “Fiesta” in Arizona, and not a single dollar of yours should go to our state’s economy, which supports the systematic oppression of Latinos and immigrants.


The Arizona Boycott Clearinghouse (ABC) was launched by a subcommittee of Somos America, a coalition of more than 40 organizations. Not all members of Somos America have officially endorsed the Arizona Boycott.

Arizona Boycott Clearinghouse (ABC) is an organic alliance committed to actively advocating for human and civil rights. Today, the Arizona Boycott Clearinghouse (ABC) responds to global challenges invoked by SB 1070, signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

Arizona Boycott Clearinghouse (ABC) welcomes and encourages participation by groups and individuals. Join the effort to bring justice to the people of Arizona.

Complete the linked form to stay informed about the efforts to repeal SB1070:



Download the Arizona Boycott Tooklit (PDF, 9.2 MB, password protected, )

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