Friday, May 21, 2010

More on Arizona's tarnished image

Previously blogged, Arizona's Tarnished Image: What NOT to do in crisis communications.

Following that up, here is Oct. 21, 2010 story from Arizona Republic:


Known cancellations of meetings or events planned in Arizona:

• Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American Greek-lettered fraternity, cancelled a July meeting at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. (with an estimated 5,000 attendees) Convention moved to Las Vegas


• American Immigration Lawyers Association cancelled its fall conference at the Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley.


• National Urban League. The group issued a rebuke of the city and suspended consideration of Phoenix's bid to host its 2012 annual conference.


• National Autonomous University of Mexico has canceled its exchange program with the University of Arizona.


• Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí has canceled its exchange program with the University of Arizona.


• Club América, one of Mexico's biggest soccer teams, cancelled its exhibition match against Club de Fútbol Pachuca scheduled for July 7 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Gilbert-based event promoters will likely move the match to California.


• Representatives of the Mexican state of Sonora announced they would not attend the annual meeting of the Sonora-Arizona Commission, scheduled to take place June 3-4 in Phoenix.


• Mexico's six border governors announced they would boycott the 28th annual U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Conference if it is held as scheduled in Phoenix in September

• In the Chicago area, the Highland Park High School girls varsity basketball team cancelled a trip to play in a basketball tournament, citing "safety concerns" related to the new law. According to a story on chicagobreakingnews.com, the trip also "would not be aligned with our beliefs and values," said District 113 Assistant Superintendent Suzan Hebson.

• Glass Art Society, of Seattle, cancels 2011 conference in Tucson.

• National Association of Black Accountants cancels 2012 conference in Phoenix.

• National Urban League cancels 2012 conference in Phoenix.

Public bodies that announced Arizona boycotts:

Denver Public Schools, banned work-related travel to the state.

Supporters organizing events or buycotts because of backlash from Arizona's immigration law:

• Backers of Arizona's tough immigration law hope to neutralize planned boycotts over the measure by organizing a "buy Arizona" campaign. The "buycott" will kick off at 7 p.m. May 29 with a rally at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Information: standwitharizona.org.

• Americans for Legal Immigration PAC and Tea Party Patriots Live are planning a rally from 4-7 p.m. June 12 in support of the state of Arizona, SB 1070, and the enforcement of existing border and immigration laws. The event is planned for Weslye Bolin Memorial Plaza, 1649 W. Adams St., Phoenix, across from the Arizona Capitol.

Other actions: • Costa Mesa (Calif.,) City Council votes unanimously to declare itself a "rule of law city" where illegal immigrants are not welcome. • San Diego City Council on May 3 urges Arizona to repeal the law.

• City of Pasadena on May 18 approves resolution condemning Arizona's immigration law.

• League of United Latin American Citizens urges companies such as Frito-Lay not to sponsor Arizona sporting events, such as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale.

• Hudspeth County (Texas) commissioners vote 2-1 May 11 to adopt a resolution supporting Arizona's new immigration law.

• Fulton County (Georgia) Board of Commissioners vote May 19 to oppose Arizona's law.

• Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak on April 30 urged city employees not to travel to Arizona.

Groups that announced travel boycotts of Arizona:

• Service Employees International Union

• United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

• National Council of La Raza

• Asian American Justice Center

• Center for Community Change

• League of United Latin American Citizens

• National Puerto Rican Coalition

• Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

• American Educational Research Assn.

• World Boxing Council

• Sociologists Without Borders

• L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Cities boycotting Arizona

Austin, Tex. to cut business and travel ties with Arizona.

• Berkeley, Calif. • Boston • Boulder, Colo.• Columbus, Ohio: • El Paso, Texas(city and county) • Gallup, N.M. • Hartford, Conn. • Los Angeles • Oakland • Richmond, Calif.• St. Paul, Minn.• San Francisco (non-binding resolution) . • Seattle • West Hollywood, Calif

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