Last week, a group of Arizona clergy, including Catholic and Methodist bishops and Evangelical pastors, felt called to mount an "emergency delegation" to Washington to "prod, encourage and advocate" (as Catholic Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson told the Los Angeles Times) for passage of comprehensive immigration reform and a... Continue »
Lakers star Kobe Bryant's wife, Vanessa, took a jab at Coach Phil Jackson, who has refused to denounce Arizona's paper's-please law, even after "Los Suns" made a strong statement earlier this month. Vanessa, pictured to the right here, is sporting a "Do I look illegal?" tee. Arizona's Governor, Jan... Continue »
Violent crime has been steadily decreasing in Arizona, but you wouldn't know it by listening to AZ's Governor, Jan Brewer—or GOP superstar, Sarah Palin, speechify about the need for the state's new papers-please immigration law. Indeed, top Arizona officials, including Governor Jan Brewer, convened an emergency "huddle" late last... Continue »
As events have unfolded in Arizona, transforming its image from boring border state to ground zero in the increasingly volatile debate over illegal immigration, I was reminded of a simple question posed by a journalist who watched another state transform under a wave of conservative populism: "What's the Matter... Continue »
But Selig is dodging the issue – the question is not about how many Hispanic ball players there are in Major League Baseball (a whole lot), but how much Major League Baseball will do to protect and defend the rights of those minorities who are the backbone one of... Continue »
After passing what is arguably the harshest immigration law in the country—SB 1070 forces local police to adhere to detain someone if there is "responsible suspicion" that they are undocumented—Arizona has now passed a law banning ethnic studies courses, as Feministing reports. At The Nation, Jon Wiener writes that the... Continue »
Joining the chorus of celebrities, athletes, and politicians railing against the newly instated SB 1070 law in Arizona, six UN human rights experts have stated that the law is in violation of "international standards that are binding in the United States." Read what they're saying: States are required to respect... Continue »
Not only is Arizona's absurd new profiling law, SB 1070, getting ready to cost the state about $90 million dollars in lost tourism and convention revenue in the next five years, it might just cost Arizona the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Continue »
"The latest example comes from the state of Arizona, whose Governor, Jan Brewer of Arizona signed a bill into law, giving local police the power to inquire about a person's immigration status if they suspect them to be an illegal immigrant, just based on "reasonable suspicion," and to make... Continue »
The countdown is on. Half a million supporters of comprehensive immigration reform rallied across the country on May 1 to protest SB 1070, Arizona's prohibitive new anti-immigration law and ratchet up pressure for a federal reform bill this year. In Washington, DC, police arrested a dozen demonstrators, including Rep.... Continue »