By Matthew Rothschild on April 26, 2010

It’s time to boycott Arizona.

The cowardly decision by Governor Jan Brewer to sign the racist anti-immigrant bill on Friday cannot be allowed to stand.

This isn’t America when police can stop you and demand your papers because they’re “suspicious” of you.

And we can’t sit around and wait for the Supreme Court to rule on its obvious unconstitutionality—especially this current Court!

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We’ve got to act fast, express our condemnation loudly and clearly, and apply pressure.

Fortunately, people are already doing so. The response from the Latino community has been instant and outraged. And the upcoming May Day rallies are sure to be huge.

But the campaign can’t end there.

We’ve got to make Arizona feel the heat, just as we did when that state was an embarrassing holdout over the Martin Luther King holiday.

Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva is urging a boycott of his own state. San Francisco has already announced its intentions to boycott Arizona.

And you, as a consumer, should boycott, too.

So if you were planning on taking a vacation to the Grand Canyon in Arizona this summer, please cancel it, and send a note to the Arizona Office of Tourism at azot.gov and tell them why you did so.

If you were planning on going golfing there this winter, please cancel and contact the Arizona Golf Association at azgolf.org.

If you were planning on going white-water rafting in Arizona, there are plenty of other states with excellent rides available. So please go somewhere else, but first notify www.raftarizona.com of your reasons.

If you were planning on attending a business conference there, please decline and tell the conference organizers why, and send a copy to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce at azchamber.com.

If you were planning on rejuvenating yourself at an Arizona spa, try one in New Mexico instead. And be sure to notify the Arizona Spa Association at www.azspaassociation.com.

Or if you’re like me, and you were planning on going birdwatching in southeastern Arizona to find the elusive Elegant Trogon, postpone your trip, and notify the Arizona Audubon Society at az.audubon.org.

The scapegoating of Latino immigrants has got to stop. And the place to stop it is in Arizona.

And the time to stop it is now.

Matthew Rothschild is the editor of The Progressive magazine.

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Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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