For those of you who might have missed the Rachel Maddow Show last night on MSNBC, Rachel did a very good job exploring the financial and authorship connections of Arizona's new anti-immigrant bill to white supremacist groups and ideologues. The anti-immigrant group FAIR is taking partial credit for the authorship of SB 1070 and Rachel shows how this group in its inception was funded significantly by the Pioneer Fund which believes in the genetic superiority of Caucasians. She also offers considerable exposure to the racist views of FAIR's founder, Dr. John Tanton. And she exposes the bill's main sponsor Senator Russell Pearce's anti-Semitism. It's not pretty and you can read the transcript here.
And if all this leaves you thoroughly disgusted, here are two things you can do right now:
1. We desperately need comprehensive federal immigration reform legislation and Rachel is saying that our Congressional representatives don't want to touch it. We voted them in and we have to keep the pressure on. This Saturday, May 1st, there will be rallies and marches for immigration reform throughout the country. Click here to find a rally near you. In the metropolitan Washington area, we will be gathering at 2 p.m. at Lafayette Park across from the White House (Metro: Farragut West or McPherson Square). Let's show the racist politicians in Arizona that there are more of us than there are of them. Let's tell our Congressional representatives to make immigration reform a priority or we will boot them out in November.
2. Go to Presente.org and sign the pledge to boycott Arizona until such time as this racist law is repealed. The text of the pledge which will be e-mailed on your behalf to the governor, and state and local tourism and commerce officials, says simply: "As long as racial profiling is legal in Arizona, I will do what I can to not visit the state and to avoid spending dollars there."