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NYC Rally at Major League Baseball Headquarters

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NYC Rally at Major League Baseball Headquarters

Move the 2011 All-Star Game Out of Arizona And Protest
Anti-Immigrant Arizona Laws! Support Immigration Reform
not Racial Profiling!

WHEN:  THURSDAY JULY 8TH @ 12NOON

WHERE:  MLB Headquarters - 245 Park Ave (46th and Park
Ave), Manhattan

WHY:  Let's send a message to Arizona: we oppose the
un-American law (SB1070) that threatens civil rights
and undermines basic notions of fairness. We call on
MLB to do the same.

This rally is co-sponsored by (list in formation): The
New York Immigration Coalition, American Immigration
Lawyers Association New York Chapter, African Services
Committee, Asian American Legal Defense and Education
Fund, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Boycott Arizona
NYC, Cabrini Immigrant Services, CAIR-NY, CARECEN,
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, May 1 Coalition for Worker
and Immigrant Rights, Minkwon Center for Community
Action,  NAACP New York State Conference, New Immigrant
Community Empowerment, New York Civic Participation
Project, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York
Communities for Change, Northern Manhattan Coalition
for Immigrants Rights, Organization of Chinese-
Americans New York Chapter, Queens Community House,
Rockland Immigration Coalition, Sikh Coalition, Working
Families Party

For more details/to co-sponsor the rally, contact
[log in to unmask] or 212-627-2227 X246 at The New York
Immigration Coalition.

Background Information:

What is SB 1070?

SB 1070 is a law passed by the Arizona state government
that requires police to ask any person who looks
"reasonably suspicious" for their immigration papers.
In effect, it will force the police to engage in racial
profiling that will target Hispanics and other people
of color living or visiting the state. It will also
marginalize immigrant communities in the state and will
drive a wedge between them and law enforcement
officials.

Why Major League Baseball?

We believe standards rewarding hard work and committing
to fairness and equality are as relevant to meaningful
immigration reform as they are to our national pastime.
SB 1070 is a step in the opposite direction.  Major
League Baseball is uniquely positioned to show that
Americans support the civil rights of everyone: The
2011 All-Star Game is currently scheduled to take place
in Phoenix, AZ. We are calling on MLB Commissioner Bud
Selig to not hold an All-Star game in Arizona unless
the law is revoked.

27% of MLB players are Latino and 28% are foreign born-
when SB 1070 goes into effect this year, these players
could be unjustly targeted by Arizona police. The Major
League Baseball Players Association has already
publicly denounced the law because of the negative
impact it could have on its members. The MLB has a
similar responsibility to show not only these players,
but also the millions of Hispanic and immigrant fans of
baseball, that it values their support and
contributions to the sport and is prepared to take a
stand for them.  Moving the All-Star game from Phoenix
will send the message that baseball, the quintessential
American sport, will not accept the un-American
treatment of its players or its fans.

There is a long history of sports leagues and
organizations standing up for what is right: from the
international boycott of South Africa during Apartheid,
to the NFL's refusal to hold a Superbowl in Arizona
when the state did not acknowledge Martin Luther King
Jr. day.  The MLB itself is tied to the struggle for
civil rights in America, beginning with Jackie Robinson
as the first African-American player in 1947.  We call
on Commissioner Bud Selig to continue in this tradition
of demonstrating that the sport values fair play both
on and off the field.

The MLB should refuse to hold the All-Star game in
Arizona until all baseball players and their fans can
live and visit Arizona with the confidence that their
civil rights will be upheld and the police will not
single them out because of the color of their skin.

What's the Solution?

The organizers of this campaign to move the All-Star
Game out of Arizona believe that beyond the repeal of
SB1070, our federal government must act now to fix the
broken immigration system.  Instead of forcing local
police to go after immigrants, President Obama and
Congress should enact legislation that legalizes youth,
farmworkers and undocumented immigrants; unites
families; and respects rights.  Immigration reform is
key to our nation's security and prosperity.

For more details/to get involved in the action, please
contact [log in to unmask] or 212-627-2227 ext. 246 at
the New York Immigration Coalition

-- NINGUN SER HUMANO ES ILEGAL - NO LEGALIZACION, NO
REELECCION - PAPELES PARA TODOS Para comunicarse:
[log in to unmask],
www.tribunalmigrante.saltoscuanticos.org

Stand against "Hate"! Join with the Artists Against
Arizona Campaign: Lift your voices by becoming a
signatory to the campaign against Arizona's
discrimination toward the undocumented, Ethnic Studies,
and strides repealing the l4th Amendment.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Artists-Against-Arizonas-B1070/114160971948532?ref=ts

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