Tuesday, May 4, 2010
City Council Anti SB 1070 Resolution & Clear Channel
Potentially interesting development regarding a resolution being heard at city council tomorrow that I thought I would tell you about.
City Representative Eddie Holguin has authored a resolution condemning the passage of SB 1070 in Arizona and calling for comprehensive immigration reform.
Commissioner’s Court passed a similar but much stronger resolution today.
First, I have to give props to Commissioner’s Court for having the courage to pass the resolution. I wish that Rep Holguin would’ve included boycott language in his resolution. Maybe he thought he didn’t have the support for boycott language, but I’ve always been a fan of asking for more than I am expecting and then negotiating down to what I really wanted in the first place.
Many involved in the boycott of Arizona businesses have identified Clear Channel Communications as a major target of the boycott because they are big donors to the GOP in Arizona.
I had a feeling that the resolution written by Holguin was going to stop short of a boycott, mostly because I know how close he is to Jaime O. Perez, who has publically supported the Arizona legislation and called for its adoption in Texas.
There is another potentially controversial issue on the agenda tomorrow that may have a tie-in to this resolution. It’s the sign ordinance.
From what I understand, its probably gonna be a tie vote, with Reps Ortega, Byrd, Lily, and O’rourke voting for tougher restrictions and Holguin, Acosta, Robinson, and Quintana against tougher restrictions.
It will be interesting to see if Clear Channel weighs in on the passage of the city’s ordinance, though it will be unlikely given that the ordinance doesn’t call for a boycott.
What I don’t understand is why Holguin didn’t include boycott language. For a guy who says his campaign theme song should be “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty, you’d think he’d show the same courage as County Commissioner Willie Gandara and include boycott language.
I know, he probably doesn’t want to be seen as hurting businesses, but let us not forget people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and Cesar Chavez who used boycotts to put economic pressure to get things changed for the better in this world.
Boycotts are hard, and believe me I only see them as the nuclear option, but based on the Arizona Legislature, it’s the only option at this point.
Posted by The Lion Star at 9:22 AM