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  •  Who said I am not outraged? (3+ / 0-)
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    manyamile, emeraldmaiden, Bongobanger

    I'm outraged about all the horrible bills passed in the Arizona legislature, on immigration and abortion and every damn thing under the sun that they have screwed up. I'm outraged about the same in the federal legislature, and in North Carolina, and in Florida. I'm outraged about Supreme Court decisions. I'm outraged about federal deportation policy, which Obama could change right now. Right now we have refugee children on the brink of deportation and Obama could change that, but instead of focusing on the most pressing immigration issue facing us today, you want to bring back a boycott of a largely defunct law which the people who stand the most chance of being arrested under it are not boycotting.

    Outrage is great, but effective work to change the thing causing harm is more important. Channel your outrage in a way that will make a difference. Boycotting NN won't help the goal you espouse, but joining with immigration activists and frontline fighters in Phoenix will.

    •  What's your effective plan on SB1070? (2+ / 0-)
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      mwm341, Pluto

      Holding a NN convention is not a plan, or even helpful imo.

      It hurts the fight to repeal it.

      •  Two things (6+ / 0-)

        I don't think SB1070 is where we should direct our efforts and energy - I think we should focus on the things that are screwing up people's lives right now. And the big thing is the federal deportation policy. At least I think so. I'm going to the meetup on Sunday and there are going to be people there with more connection to local immigration activists. I'm hoping to learn more about how to pitch in. That's the same thing I hope to learn at NN, if it still comes here. I want to learn how I can help the most effectively.

        Secondly, we need to work on electing more Democrats to the Arizona State legislature. Sometimes we don't even run candidates. I've volunteered for candidates already running, but I know next to nothing about how to find and recruit new candidates. It seems like networking with other progressives, like at this meetup and at the NN, which many of you with so much to give to those of us who want to learn won't be attending, would be the way for me to get started electing more Democrats.

        Oh, one other thing, Arizona is trending purple. We need to get young people and Hispanics in Arizona signed up to vote and to the polls in greater numbers. We can make Arizona blue, with a lot of hard work. Then laws like a SB1070 and SB1060 won't get passed in the first place.

        In the meantime, I'll keep plugging away as a criminal defense attorney representing the people who are racially profiled, subject to deportation proceedings and charged with asinine things like smuggling themselves across the border. I'm not talking out of my ass when I say that SB1070 isn't the big problem in Arizona. Racial profiling was a problem before and after.

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