Socialists Plot Boycotts to Force Arizona Back Down
By: Trevor Loudon
America’s largest socialist organization, the Marxist based Democratic Socialists of America and its youth wing, the Young Democratic Socialists, are very upset over new Arizona laws aimed at reducing illegal immigration.
D.S.A.’s several thousand members on campus, in labor unions, in the media and in “community groups” are being urged to build pressure on Arizona, through coordinated economic, sporting and cultural boycotts.
From a June 2010, D.S.A. memo ‘Breathing While Brown, Call for a DSA Response to Arizona’s Anti-Latino Crusade‘:
How can Democratic Socialists of America and Young Democratic Socialists respond to these pernicious developments? Many cities, including Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Denver, St. Paul and Boston have implemented economic boycotts of Arizona and have banned their employees from traveling there on business. The All Star Game is scheduled to be in Arizona next year and activists are already petitioning and protesting in many cities to pressure Major League Baseball to relocate.
In Arizona, city councils in Tucson and Flagstaff have voted to sue the state over SB 1070. And protests in solidarity with Arizona’s Latinos have sprung up spontaneously in towns and cities across the country, often tied to other immigrant rights demands such as passage of the DREAM Act and a moratorium on ICE raids and deportations. These kinds of actions offer the best opportunity for forcing Arizona to repeal these measures and Congress and President Obama to move in the direction of more humane immigration laws.
DSA locals and YDS chapters can work in their own communities to expand these struggles to the point where decision makers will have no choice but to respond.
We must have a strong response to this moral and political outrage. National polls seem to indicate that the Arizona law is popular, but with education about the structural, economic problems which are pressuring both American and migrant workers, we can make progress. We should not let Arizona’s actions pass without a principled and strategic response that will grow our membership and build relationships with Latino and immigrant rights activists around the country.
The U.S. and international left understand the power of the boycott. They used it to get the British out of India, to bring Apartheid South Africa to the negotiating table and are now working the same tactics against Israel.
The pressure on Arizona will increase, the left cannot afford to allow the Arizona “mistake” to spread to other states. The socialist program for the permanent transformation of the United States, depends heavily on illegal immigration to break down and change the existing social order.
All Arizona businesses who sell outside the state, should prominently feature their product’s place of manufacture. All U.S. patriots should actively seek out Arizona made products, spend their holidays there, book their conventions in Arizona hotels and support the state economically, politically and morally in every way possible.
Break the socialist boycott.