Local Activists, Civil Rights Groups to Protest MLB Owner’s Meeting
WHAT: Press conference and rally outside of Day 1 of the quarterly Major League Baseball Owners’ Meeting, demanding that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona
WHEN: Wednesday, August 11- Press conference – 5:00 p.m.
Rally – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Graves 601 Hotel
601 North 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
WHO: Carlos Roa, Move the Game campaign manager for Presente.org
Niger Arevalo, campaign organizer, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action committee (MIRAc);
Endorsed by: MIRAc, BAM!, Centro Campesino, SEIU Local 26, and Presente.org
About Carlos Roa: As an undocumented student at Miami Dade College, Roa gained national attention for immigration reform as a participant in the Trail of Dreams, a four month-long journey to from Miami to Washington, DC – on foot. He is with presente.org managing the Movethegame.org campaign.
Partial injunction of SB 1070 does nothing to deter national MoveTheGame.org campaign to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Unwavering from their demand that Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona, community groups and social activists in Minneapolis are set to rally and protest outside of the quarterly MLB Owners’ Meeting on Wednesday, August 11 at 5:30pm. This despite the partial injunction granted by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton last week, blocking only certain provisions of the anti-immigrant and racial profiling law – SB 1070 – hours before it went into effect.
The rally and protest are part of the national MoveTheGame.org campaign – a coalition of organizations led by Presente.org and MoveOn.org–which has coordinated several rallies, protests and other events across the country in reaction to Arizona’s passage of SB 1070. Members of the campaign believe that Judge Bolton’s partial injunction was not a victory in itself, but rather one of many steps in the right direction, and will continue to pressure Commissioner Selig until the game is moved to a different state.
“Regardless of Judge Bolton’s decision last week, the fact remains that parts of SB 1070 are still in effect and will now serve as a constant reminder of how racially insensitive the people of Arizona can be,” said Carlos Roa, campaign manager for Presente.org. “Commissioner Selig and Major League Baseball need to understand that we will not stop our campaign until he moves the game from the state that allowed such blatant racial profiling to even be considered.”
MoveTheGame.org has already gathered and attempted to deliver more than 110,000 petitions to Commissioner Selig, signed by community members asking him to move the location of the 2011 All-Star Game.
Despite claiming that the MLB is a social institution, Commissioner Selig has refused to take a stand on SB 1070. When MoveTheGame.org members attempted to present Commissioner Selig with the petitions in Anaheim in July, they were refused by MLB staff and security. Members of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action committee (MIRAc) and Boycott Arizona – Minnesota (BAM!) will attempt to deliver the petitions to the MLB team owners in attendance.
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