Paul Rodriguez Cancels Arizona Comedy Show in Protest Over SB 1070, and Denver Public Schools District Signs On To Boycott (w/Update: Rodriguez Weenies Out)
Latin King of Comedy Paul Rodriguez says SB1070 is too broad and targets all Hispanics
photo by Michael Schwartz
Update May 1, 2010: Rodriguez has apparently weenied out of his "boycott" issuing a statement that he'll be doing the comedy show at Wild Horse Pass, but he'll be donating the proceeds from his performance to LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens.
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PAUL RODRIGUEZ ACTOR AND COMEDIAN JOINS FORCES WITH LULAC TO FIGHT AGAINST ARIZONA SB 1070
Net Proceeds Will Go to LULAC to fight anti-immigrant bill
"We are very elated and appreciative to entertainer Paul Rodriguez for making this important donation. This will go a long way to making sure that Latino rights are protected. He understands the needs of the Latino community and the urgency for LULAC to fight this awful Arizona case in the courts. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts. Ya Basta! Enough is Enough!"
Rodriguez noted: "After considerable deliberation, and with the support of the Gila River Indian Community and LULAC, I have decided to move forward with my show and donate the proceeds from my performance to LULAC. With the understanding that the Wild Horse Casino is part of the Gila River Indian Community, which is a Sovereign Nation, we believe this will be the best course of action. By cancelling the show, it would have instead hurt the Gila River Community and we would have gained nothing in our fight against this law. Now, the proceeds from my show will go to help LULAC, the largest Latino Civil Rights and Advocacy group in the United States, in its fight to reverse this unjust law. This fight undoubtedly will be costly. I urge my fellow performers and anyone who feels this law must not stand, to donate whatever they can to LULAC. Together, we can make a difference."
Paul Rodriguez will be performing tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino above the Gila River Indian Community which is on tribal land.
About Paul Rodriguez: In addition to making millions of people laugh all over the world for over two decades, Rodriguez was voted one of the most influential Hispanics in America and awarded the prestigious Ruben Salazar Award by the National Council of LaRaza (NCLR). Throughout his career Rodriguez has remained involved with various charitable, civic and educational organizations including the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and currently serves as the Chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition. Rodriguez also serves on many prestigious Boards including the California Film Commission and he was recently appointed to the California Water Commission.
As an actor and comedian, Paul Rodriguez's illustrious career includes starring roles and featured appearances in over 40 films and countless television series' and comedy specials, including "Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," "Ali," "Rat Race," "The World's Fastest Indian," "Tortilla Soup" and "Bloodwork" - among others. As an accomplished writer, director and producer for television, motion pictures and feature shows, Rodriguez has many hit projects to his credits including numerous HBO and Comedy Central. Specials including his latest Comedy Central special and DVD "Comedy Rehab" and the comedy concert film "The Original Latin Kings of Comedy," for which he both starred in and executive produced as well as the film "A Million to Juan," which he also wrote and directed.
The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.
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