For Immediate Release
VivirLatino.com Statement in Support of Moving the MLB All-star Game from Arizona
New York, NY. June 28, 2010. Last month, numerous community activist and immigrants rights groups joined forces to show their opposition of Major League Baseball’s 2011 All Star game being held in Phoenix, Arizona, due to the state’s recently adopted anti-immigrant policies. Today, VivirLatino.com, the leading Latino daily blog covering politics, entertainment and issues of interest to the Latino community, has announced that it is part of that coalition.
In response to state law SB 1070, which requires police to ask for papers from anyone they decide meets an undefined “reasonable suspicion” standard, these groups — among them America’s Voice, AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union and People For the American Way — composed and sent a letter to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to convince him to move the game from Arizona, as well as move training practices normally held there to another state.
As a far-reaching online Latino publication, VivirLatino believes that it has a commitment to its readers to speak out in favor of immigrants rights, and, in addition to the daily editorial coverage of SB 1070, strongly believes that voicing its opposition to this law via the letter is one way to do that.
“As a political, news, and cultural online space dedicated to the perspective of those born in the US of immigrants, we felt it was important to publicly support efforts that fight against anti-immigrant and anti-Latino hate legalized through SB1070,” said VivirLatino Managing Editor Maegan Ortíz.
“The power and reach of the Internet is vital in successfully campaigning against acts of hate towards immigrants and we plan on using our large reach and readership to continue to speak out against these acts,” added Ortíz.
VivirLatino.com joins a long list of fellow bloggers and community leaders in the cause, such as: Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director, America’s Voice; Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO;
Eliseo Medina, International Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga, Founder and Publisher, Daily Kos; Julio Pabon, Publisher, LatinoSports.com, among many others.
VivirLatino Managing Editor Maegan Ortíz is available for statement on the topic of relocating the All-Star game, as well as for interviews on the issue of immigration in general.