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April 25, 2010


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Subject: No One is Illegal: Boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks

No One is Illegal: Boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks

By Dave Zirin
Edge of Sports
April 23, 2010

http://progressive.org/zirinjune10.html

Gonna find a way

Make the state pay

Lookin' for the day

Hard as it seems

This ain't no damn dream

Gotta know what I mean

It's team against team

     Public Enemy, By the Time I Get to Arizona

This will be the last column I write about the Arizona
Diamondbacks in the foreseeable future. For me, they do
not exist. They will continue to not exist in my mind
as long as the horribly named "Support Our Law
Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act" remains law in
Arizona. This law has brought echoes of apartheid to
the state.

One Democratic lawmaker has said that it has made
Arizona a "laughingstock" but it's difficult to find an
ounce of humor in this kind of venal legislation. The
law makes it a crime to walk the streets without
clutching your passport, green card, visa, or state
I.D. It not only empowers but absolutely requires cops
to demand paperwork if they so much as suspect a person
of being undocumented. A citizen can, in fact, sue any
police officer they see not harassing suspected
immigrants. The bill would also make it a class one
misdemeanor for anyone to "pick up passengers for work"
if their vehicle blocks traffic. And it makes a second
violation of any aspect of the law a felony.

In response, Representative Raul Grijalva, who's from
Arizona itself, has called for a national boycott
against the state, saying, "Do not vacation and or
retire there." He got so many hateful threats this week
that he had to close his Arizona offices at noon on
Friday.

Many of us aren't in either the imminent vacation or
retirement mode. We do, however, live in baseball
cities where the Arizona Diamondbacks comes to play.

When they arrive in my hometown in D.C., my back will
be turned, and my television will be off. This is not
merely because they happen to be the team from Arizona.
The D-backs organization is a primary funder of the
state Republican Party, which has been driving the
measure through the legislature.

As the official Arizona Diamondbacks boycott call
states, "In 2010, the National Republican Senatorial
Committee's third highest Contributor was the
[executives of the] Arizona Diamondbacks, who gave
$121,600; furthermore, they also contributed $129,500,
which ranked as the eighteenth highest contribution to
the Republican Party Committee." The team's big boss,
Ken Kendrick, and his family members, E. G. Kendrick
Sr. and Randy Kendrick, made contributions to the
Republicans totaling a staggering $1,023,527. The
Kendricks follow in the footsteps of team founder and
former owner Jerry Colangelo. Colangelo, along with
other baseball executives and ex-players, launched a
group called Battin' 1000: a national campaign that
uses baseball memorabilia to raise funds for a Campus
for Life, the largest anti-choice student network in
the country. Colangelo was also deputy chair of
Bush/Cheney 2004 in Arizona, and his deep pockets
created what was called the Presidential Prayer Team-a
private evangelical group that claims to have signed up
more than 1 million people to drop to their knees and
pray daily for Bush.

Under Colangelo, John McCain also owned a piece of the
team. The former maverick said before the bill's
passage that he "understood" why it was being passed
because "the drivers of cars with illegals in it [that]
are intentionally causing accidents on the freeway."

This is who the Arizona Diamondback executives are.
This is the tradition they stand in.

The Diamondbacks' owners have every right to their
politics, and if we policed the political proclivities
of every owner's box there might not be anyone left to
root for (except for the Green Bay Packers, who don't
have an owner's box). But this is different. The law is
an open invitation to racial profiling and harassment.
The boycott call is coming from inside the state.

If the owners of the Diamondbacks want to underwrite an
ugly edge of bigotry, we should raise our collective
sporting fists against them. A boycott is also an
expression of solidarity with Diamondback players such
as Juan Guitterez, Gerardo Parra, and Rodrigo Lopez.
They shouldn't be put in a position where they're
cheered on the playing field and then asked for their
papers when the uniform comes off.

[Dave Zirin is the author of the forthcoming "Bad
Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games we Love"
(Scribner) Receive his column every week by emailing
dave@edgeofsports.com. Contact him at
edgeofsports@gmail.com.]

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and for whom is the memory, and the calling,

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Rwanda, etc. may not be exactly new on the planet, but its world-wide
connects plutonium AIDS, Rwanda Foucault death. Everything silences
of isolation and despair, grief over Rwanda, and depression.
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every occurence will not happen, every happening will not occur

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I grew up here:

http://www.alansondheim.org/growingup.mp4

All my children are here:

http://www.alansondheim.org/allmychildren.mov


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The first refers to something that is low/beneath the surface - but
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The second references an n-dimensional object in string theory that may
or may not exist here.

Think impossible or inconceivable objects, objects nonetheless that may be
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Goals:

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3. To explore media-modified environments with contradictory video/audio
materials here.
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5. To relate all of this to a developing philosophy of difference and
contradiction here.

(+growing up here) - (+all my children here) = philosophy of difference
and contradiction here.

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