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The MLB and Arizona: It’s Really Not That Complicated, Mr. Selig
By now, you have surely heard of Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law that makes all Latinos suspect in their own communities. And you have probably heard of the many boycott efforts popping up against Arizona as well. One such effort is to pressure Major League Baseball (MLB) to pull the 2011 All-Star Game from Arizona and show the state that baseball has higher standards than to tolerate a law that would likely compel law enforcement to profile many MLB players once they are off the field and out of uniform.
One member of Congress has taken a stand on this new law and the MLB’s silence to the many requests to pull the game. Representative José E. Serrano (D–NY) sent a letter to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig several weeks ago asking for the game to be moved from Arizona. That letter went unanswered. So in response, Representative Serrano introduced H.Res. 1370, a resolution that urges the MLB to move the game because holding it in Arizona “is at odds with Major League Baseball's efforts to promote diversity and tolerance.”
We stand strong with Representative Serrano and the 32 other representatives who have co-sponsored this resolution to date. We all need to send a clear message to Mr. Selig: It’s really not that complicated. Do you stand for diversity and tolerance? Or do you support a law that could target many of your own players?
Now it’s our turn to stand with Representative Serrano! Ask your representative to co-sponsor this resolution and urge Commissioner Selig to move the game!
Not sure of your representative’s position on this resolution? Don’t worry. We’ve documented it all here for you. Just take action and we’ll set you up with the appropriate letter for your representative.
Thanks for standing with Representative Serrano and the other co-sponsors of this important resolution to hold the MLB to its values!