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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Civil and Human Rights Advocates Ask LA Mayor Villaraigosa, City Council Members to Keep Their Promise: Pass a City Ordinance to Boycott all Arizona-Based Companies

Los Angeles is on the verge of abandoning its commitment to protect human and civil rights by awarding a $106 million dollar contract to an Arizona-based company with a track-record of environmental and labor violations

April 22, 2011

Arizona-based company with a track-record of environmental and labor violations

WHAT: Rally to deliver hundreds of petitions to Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, City Council President Garcetti and City Council Members calling for the passage of a city ordinance to boycott Arizona-based companies.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27 at 12:00pm

WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA

WHO: A coalition of advocates, including The Sound Strike, Presente.org, SEIU-USWW, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, AltoArizona, Strengthening Our Lives and Students United to Reach Goals in Education (SURGE).

Los Angeles, CA – This Wednesday April 27 at 12noon, a coalition of local and national organizations will convey a rally to deliver hundreds of petitions to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Council President Eric Garcetti and City Council Members. The petitions call for a city ordinance that will enforce the approved L.A. resolution boycotting all Arizona-based companies as a response to the anti-immigrant and racial profiling Arizona law, SB 1070.

“The City of Los Angeles proudly responded to the passage of SB1070 by passing a resolution to boycott all Arizona-based companies and suspend all city-funded travel to Arizona,” expressed Javier Gonzalez from The Sound Strike, an organization founded by Rage Against the Machine’s vocalist Zack de la Rocha to organize musicians in response to SB1070. “It is outrageous that L.A. is now flip-flopping on its commitment of protecting civil and human rights; we need L.A. to keep its promise by approving an ordinance to boycott Arizona-based business.”

After the Los Angeles resolution passed last year, the City Attorney was instructed to draft an ordinance restricting city contracts with Arizona-based companies. But this never happened. As a consequence, one of Arizona’s largest employers, Honeywell International, is on the verge of receiving a contract of over $100 million from Los Angeles taxpayers.

“Not only does Honeywell have roots in Arizona, but this company has a track record of breaking air-quality and hazardous-waste laws on hundreds of occasions, including exposing workers to hazardous materials. Honeywell clearly should not be awarded public projects,” expressed Favianna Rodriguez, co-founder of Presente.org, an online advocacy group that promotes the political empowerment of Latinos.

Since the implementation of Arizona SB1070, numerous rallies across the nation have occurred to raise awareness of the threat to human and civil rights imposed by this law. Cancelations of events, concerts and even a national campaign asking Major League Baseball to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona have been part of these efforts. Indeed, the national Arizona boycott has cost the state more than $140 million in lost revenue and it has been cited as a major factor in the defeat of recently proposed anti-immigrant legislation in the southern state.

“We want our Los Angeles officials to show leadership; we want them to keep their promise of boycotting a state that has declared a war on Latinos and immigrants,” concluded Gonzalez.

To review the petition asking Los Angeles elected officials to pass a city ordinance, please visit presente.org