Major League Baseball All-Star Game Boycotted by Human Rights Group Puente
The Phoenix-based human-rights organization Puente has called for a national boycott of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be hosted at Chase Field, July 12.
Puente's boycott stems from its opposition to Senate Bill 1070, the group announced at a press conference on Wednesday.
Raul Cordero, a member of Puente, says that hurting Arizona's economy sends a message of dissatisfaction about Arizona's controversial anti-immigration statute.
"This boycott is to avoid money getting to racist governments who promote hatred," Cordero proclaimed. "The revenue put into the system is what gives force to this racist state."
The activists plan a demonstration during the game outside Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Earlier this month Puente members rallied outside Mexican ranchero singer Vicente Fernandez's Phoenix concert, because of his financial ties to Budweiser.
The King of Beers, which has been designated the "official beer" of the All-Star Game, is also a leading product for distributor Hensley & Co., owned by Cindy McCain, wife of SB 1070-supporter and one-time immigration reform-advocate U.S. Senator John McCain.
McCain backed away from a pro-immigrant stance because of re-election pressure in 2010 from anti-immigrant radio talk-show host and former U.S. Congressman J.D. Hayworth. Recently, McCain has weathered near-universal criticism for his blame-everything-on-illegals comment regarding Arizona's wildfires.
Puente members plan to communicate with baseballs stars who a year ago said they too would boycott the All-Star Game if they were chosen to be part of it.
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