Tomorrow, immigrants’ rights and civil liberties advocates will rally in front of Major League Baseball’s headquarters in Manhattan to call on MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to move next year’s All-Star Game out of Arizona in protest of SB1070, the state’s unconstitutional anti-immigrant law.
In April, Arizona lawmakers shocked the nation by passing SB1070, among the most discriminatory, anti-immigrant state laws in recent American history.
The 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game is scheduled to be played in Phoenix next July. Pressure is building on Commissioner Selig to relocate the game to send a clear message to the state’s lawmakers: Baseball is all-American but discrimination is not.
In May, the American Civil Liberties Union, with other leading rights groups, filed a legal challenge to the law. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit against Arizona, charging that SB1070 is unconstitutional and seeking to block its enforcement.
Rally at MLB Headquarters to pressure Major League Baseball to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona
Thursday, July 8 at noon
MLB Headquarters, 245 Park Ave. (46th Street and Park Avenue)
The rally is cosponsored by: New York Civil Liberties Union, The New York Immigration Coalition, American Immigration Lawyers Association New York Chapter, African Services Committee, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Boycott Arizona NYC, Cabrini Immigrant Services, CARECEN, Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY, Democracy for New York City, Greater New York City for Change, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, La Union de La Comunidad Latina, Left Labor Project, Long Island Immigrant Alliance, Minkwon Center for Community Action, NAACP New York State Conference, New Immigrant Community Empowerment, New York Civic Participation Project, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrants Rights, Queens Community House, Sikh Coalition.