Talk of the Town


The Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks again tonight at Dodger Stadium, fresh off the heels of yesterday’s public protest of Arizona’s controversial SB1070 immigration law outside the stadium’s gates (caught by LAist, here). In case you haven’t been following the news, the law, which is scheduled to go into effect on July 28th, makes it illegal to be in Arizona without carrying proper registration documents and allows police to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally.

Members of the Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West were among the organizers of the protest, which called for the Dodgers to move their spring training base from Arizona. Over 150 protestors also demanded that Major League Baseball move the 2011 All-Star Game from Phoenix. I wonder what tonight’s game will bring? (The Dodgers won 5-4 yesterday, by the way. Way to show the Diamondbacks that “This is Our Town”—pun intended.)

Meanwhile, across town, LAUSD is considering an economic boycott of Arizona along the lines of the one recently instated by the Los Angeles City Council. The board will vote today on a resolution condemning the law and cutting off economic support of companies based in Arizona, in addition to requiring LAUSD civics and history classes to include a discussion of the controversial measure.

What do you think about the protest and LAUSD resolution? As usual, comments are welcomed.

 Photo by Zach Behrens/, used with permission