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Breaking: Oakland City Council votes to boycott Arizona

on May 4, 2010

During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the seven City Council members present unanimously passed a resolution that condemns S.B. 1070, Arizona’s stringent new immigration enforcement law, and called for a city boycott of Arizona and businesses headquartered in the state. The boycott includes restrictions on travel to Arizona and calls on Oakland’s City Administrator to explore the possibility of discontinuing existing contracts with the state.

Arizona’s new legislation is widely considered to be the toughest immigration enforcement measure in the country and is facing legal challenges. The law allows police to detain anyone they have reason to suspect may be in the country illegally and criminally charge anyone who is not carrying valid immigration documents. The Oakland City Council’s resolution states that S.B. 1070  “will inevitably lead to racial profiling, jeopardize public safety, and create a wedge between law enforcement and ethnic communities.”

Read the full text of the city’s resolution: 2010.05.04_Oakland_Boycott_Arizona_Resolution

Oakland North will run a full story about immigration and racial profiling issues in Oakland on Wednesday, May 5 — stay tuned.

Text by Jude Joffe-Block. Lead image: Immigrant rights advocates in City Hall minutes after the City Council passed a resolution to boycott Arizona.

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  1. […] who are not carrying valid immigration documents. On Tuesday night, the Oakland City Council passed a resolution to boycott Arizona, finding that the new law “will inevitably lead to racial profiling, jeopardize public safety, […]

  2. Peter on May 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Stop wasting time on National Issues and get this budget mess figured out! Make the hard decisions. NOW!

  3. Ramil on May 11, 2010 at 11:58 am

    we need to stand up against arizona and its ilk. thank you city council. maybe i will support that parcel tax afterall….

  4. Tony Suggs on May 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm


    Will you also stand up against California?

    You need to read CA Penal Code Section 834. It has even stronger langauge than the Arizona law.

    All these city resolutions are nothing more than political pandering that will accomplish nothing but to show those passing them are hypocrits and uninformed about their own state laws.

    The “Ilk” you are against, “are us!”

  5. […] Oakland’s City Council had unanimously passed a resolution condemning Arizona’s law and calling for a city boycott of the state and businesses headquartered […]

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