Protests Against Arizona's Law At The Astros Game: One Way To Spend Cinco De Mayo
A team spokesman walks a tightrope in responding to the planned protests
Haven't found the perfect way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo yet? Some organizations have what they think is the perfect way to kick it off.
Several Latino groups, including LULAC and Houston's Youth Coalition, will be protesting the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the Astros tonight at Minute Maid Park in regards to Arizona's recently passed SB 1070 anti-immigrant law.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., on corner of Crawford and Preston, the celebration that Latino activists typically complain is 'a commercial invention by advertisers' have something to do tonight that won't interfere with their convictions.
They can join in the protest of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park.
"The owners of the Diamondbacks individually contribute the most to Arizona's Republican party," Cesar Espinosa, executive director of America Para Todos, tells Hair Balls.
It's been reported that individually and collectively, owners have donated more than $1 million to the Arizona's Republican party.
But really, is this a big surprise? Arizona lost the NFL Super Bowl XXVII due to the state's resistance of MLK Day. (You 'member, when the Bills lost for the third time?)
Diamondbacks V-P of communications Shaun Rachau walks a fine line in responding to the protests here and elsewhere, telling Hair Balls "We certainly are well aware of the struggles our state has due to federal inaction on illegal immigration. The fallout of recent state legislation has a direct impact on many of our players, employees and fans in Arizona, not to mention our local businesses, many of which are corporate partners of ours.
"Unfortunately, this whole situation is sad and disappointing for all of us who are associated with the Arizona Diamondbacks. We remain hopeful that this situation can be resolved in a manner that does not cause harm to our great state."
"The All-Star Game in 2011 and possible boycotts against Arizona companies and state tourism," says Rachau.
The movement has already started to relocate the 2011 All-Star game from Phoenix:
Asked if the team would take a stand like the Phoenix Suns by wearing "Los Suns" jerseys, there was no response.
We guess Espalda de Diamante is a long name.