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“Fast Facts on Arizona’s Immigration Crack Down”

Via AZSpot comes this piece from the Center for American Progress:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed today what is now the most punitive and sweeping anti-immigrant state law in the nation. This law’s full effects will not be measurable for months to come, but it is already clear that it will be challenged in court because it denies rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. And until the legal issues are settled, the new law will have a detrimental effect on Arizona’s economy, as well as city and state budgets.


“Grijalva Closing Two Offices After Death Threats On Immigration”

Things have gotten nastier in the hellhole known as Arizona:

Dem Rep Raul Grijalva is closing two district offices in Arizona after a man threatened to kill his staff over immigration, Grijalva spokesman Adam Sarvana confirms.

“Tuscon staff answered two calls,” Sarvana says. “It was the same guy. He threatened to blow everyone’s brains out in the Tuscon office.”

That wasn’t all. “He then said he was going to the border to shoot any Mexicans he was going to come across,” Sarvana says. “So there are police at the Tuscon office right now.” Sarvana adds that Grijalva is closing another office in Yuma as a precaution.

Sarvana adds that there have been no shortage of racist calls, too. “They’ve openly been pretty ugly,” he says. “One said, `Send that tortilla-eating wetback back to Mexico.’”

Sex Ed

The Corporate Co-Opting of Earth Day

At 40, Earth Day Is Now Big Business

So strong was the antibusiness sentiment for the first Earth Day in 1970 that organizers took no money from corporations and held teach-ins “to challenge corporate and government leaders.”

Forty years later, the day has turned into a premier marketing platform for selling a variety of goods and services, like office products, Greek yogurt and eco-dentistry…

To many pioneers of the environmental movement, eco-consumerism, creeping for decades, is intensely frustrating and detracts from Earth Day’s original purpose.

“This ridiculous perverted marketing has cheapened the concept of what is really green,” said Denis Hayes, who was national coordinator of the first Earth Day and is returning to organize this year’s activities in Washington. “It is tragic.”

“Not buying Earth Day”

Laurie Essig has a wryly humorous take on the various ways the U.S. military, James Cameron, and Wal-Mart are using Earth Day for public relations and marketing purposes.

Arizona’s SB 1070 is Going to Become a Law. A Bad One.

Governor Jan Brewer is getting emails and phone calls ten to one against signing the racial profiling bill SB 1070, but a Rasmussen poll conducted last week showed that 70% of likely voters favored the legislation.

Brewer is already on thin ice with the GOP base for supporting Proposition 100, a one-cent sales tax aimed at eliminating the state’s gargantuan budget deficit, and she has three primary challengers (businessman Owen “Buz” Mills, State Treasurer Dean Martin, and former Board of Regents President John Munger). Sheriff Joe (“Persecuting brown people is my signature issue”) Arpaio is also itching to jump into the race against her, and he’ll do it in a heartbeat if she vetoes the bill.

In short: For Brewer to veto SB 1070 would be political suicide. I expect she’ll sign it on Saturday, just before the 5:00 PM deadline. After that, lawsuits will fly and conventions will be canceled in protest… And Arizona will officially be more disgusting than any of the Bible Belt states.

A Rogue State

Will Bunch is right: How long until Arizona tries to secede?

If Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signs into law the harsh anti-immigration measure recently passed by state lawmakers — making racial profiling the law of the law in a manner in which the term “police state” is not hyperbole — then the desert paradise will all but have seceded from the Union. Not legally — not yet, anyway, although in a few years who knows? — but morally…

Americans, and Arizonans in this present crisis, have two choices. We can turn an entire state of more than 6 million people into a non-stop cauldron of paranoia and suspicion, separate children from their parents, destroy what’s left of Arizona’s economy out of little more than spite and — let’s be honest here, OK? — racism, and treat our fellow humans like common criminals. Of we can provide a real path to U.S. citizenship for people who are already here and who agree to continue to pay taxes and obey our laws, and get more realistic in the future about who enters the United States and who doesn’t — and work to make Arizona a beacon of economic growth.

It doesn’t seem like a hard choice — and yet here is Arizona on the brink of becoming a rogue state, right here within our borders.