San Diego protests Arizona Diamondbacks
Published Sep 12, 2010 11:29 PM
A protest took place Aug. 25 at the new Petco Park in San Diego when the Padres
played the Arizona Diamondbacks. The protest opposed SB1070 and supported the
boycotting of Arizona. It was also to tell Major League Baseball to move the
2011 All-Star game out of Arizona. There are plans to protest at Petco Park
until the game is moved to another state.
Activist being arrested for protesting attacks
at Petco Park, on Aug. 25.
The anti-racist protest had many more people than the counter protest made up
of Minutemen and Tea Party members, including Barbara Coe, co-writer of the
failed anti-immigrant California Prop 187 and founder of the so-called
California Coalition for Immigration Reform. This group is considered a hate
group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Inside the game there were a few strategically placed protesters, who decided
to take to the field with the Mexican flag. They were arrested once security
finally caught them. One of these courageous protesters was Rebecca Starr, who
gave this writer the following statement:
“I had been feeling like I wasn’t contributing enough to the
struggle for immigrant rights. I wanted to do something more. I called an
activist friend in Tijuana, Mexico, who told me about the ball game coming up
against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and how activists had done some pretty
successful direct actions around the country, particularly by disrupting
“The call is to strangle Arizona into being humane toward one of the
primary sources of their income, migrant labor. I felt as though migrant
workers were being blamed while I feel so grateful for their contributions to
our society. Part of the boycott of Arizona at this point involves trying to
get the All-Star game moved out of that state. There’s no way all that
money should be flowing into a state whose legislators are mandating hate,
racial profiling, and domestic terrorism by way of SB1070.
“So several of us went to the game, sat in the front row, and when the
second batter of the third inning came up, we made a dash for it! Two of us got
onto the field. I made it out toward second base, waving a Mexican flag and
wearing a Mexican flag shirt, on the back of which I’d written,
‘THANK A MIGRANT WORKER.’
“I was taken down pretty quickly, handcuffed, and eventually booked. I
spent the night in detention and received $1,000 bail. Other activists paid the
10 percent of it needed, and I went home. I get arraigned on Oct. 7.
“I encourage anyone interested in this issue to consider similar direct
actions whenever and wherever the Diamondbacks are playing!”
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