Wednesday, August 4, 2010
So far, "Boycott Arizona—Boycott the Tucson International Mariachi Conference!," a new page on Facebook, has only 28 members.
Still, the idea of boycotting the conference makes me wonder if the people behind the idea understand who benefits from the annual event, and that this is Baja Arizona, not Maricopa County. If you're on Facebook, consider sending them a message.
Here's a quote from that Facebook page:
Until Arizona's SB 1070, HB 2281 and other laws are repealed, we are going to stage a boycott of the Tucson International Mariachi Conference (TIMC). This conference is a long-standing tradition in Tucson, whose influence is far-reaching and whose Executive Board has power in the city of Tucson. How many students have played in class while the Board of Trustees representatives have listened and applauded? What message do you think would be sent if all conference participants were to stay home next year? How much money would be lost if we were not there to spend our money staying at the Hotel Arizona, going to class at the Convention Center, or buying food and gas from the surrounding restaurants and gas stations? What’s more, the Fiesta de Garibaldi, an outdoor event in a city park, attracts huge numbers of conference participants, locals, tourists, and vendors. With the threat of detention and deportation, these numbers could drastically diminish. What is being done in Arizona is wrong, and we need to stand up and send a message to the Tucson Mariachi Conference Executive Board, to their donors, to the city of Tucson and the state of Arizona that we do not support the recent actions of their government. The conference board and their donors have a significant influence in Tucson. We as participants in the conference have a voice in what goes on at our conference and in the city where it takes place. It is time for us as a population, to stand up against the actions of the Arizona government, and let our voice be heard!