Protests against Arizona’s new law, SB 1070, are spreading, and it’s not just grassroots citizens who are in the opposition. California legislators are calling for their state government to cease all business with organizations within the state of Arizona. Mexico has issued a travel advisory against going to Arizona.
The law requires law enforcement to engage in racial profiling, stopping people simply because they’re judged to look like illegal immigrants. If people don’t have proof of citizenship on them, they are to be taken to detention centers.
U.S. Representative Joe Baca gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives in which he said, “I call on all of us to consider a national boycott of all industries in Arizona and to a wear a band on our sleeves to protest against this unjust law and to show that this is not the American way. We must not tolerate unjust laws inspired by racism and hate.”
An armband sounds like an interesting idea, but Congressman Baca’s office isn’t offering clear guidance on what kind of armband. There are rumblings about a brown armband, but no coordination that I can see on such an action yet.
In absence of a standard armband protest against SB 1070, we’re offering the following protest t-shirts at our Arizona politics shop on Skreened. These offer explicit messages of opposition to Arizona’s unjust legislation.
If Arizona declares that all people who look like they might be illegal immigrants must be sent to detention camps, then we can all wear tshirts declaring that we’re illegal immigrants – or that we look like them. Are they going to arrest us all?
As with all our Skreened sales, the shirts are made in the USA, not exploiting overseas sweatshop labor. One dollar from every sale goes to a Kiva microloan to help bottom-up economic development in foreign countries, and another dollar from each sale is donated to progressive political causes.