Saturday, May 15, 2010

MATC Finance, Personnel and Operation Committee To Address Resolution To Boycott Arizona

Attorney Peter Earle

MATC committee to hear boycott resolution on Tuesday, May 18, at 5:00 p.m.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 15, 2010

Milwaukee - On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) committee on Finance, Personnel and Operation is scheduled to hear a resolution to boycott Arizona. Attorney Peter Earle and a Board member at MATC since 1998, submitted a resolution to boycott Arizona. Earle said, MATC currently spends about $90,000.00 per year with venders located in Arizona.
The proposed resolution would end all economic ties to the State of Arizona and ban all future travel to that state. Numerous administrators and faculty travel to Arizona for conferences, according to Earle.
MATC Board of Directors manage a budget of  more than $300 million and employs more than 2,000 people.
MATC will become the first college to boycott Arizona in Wisconsin, if the resolution is approved by the full board, and joins the multi-entities and major cities to boycott Arizona for adopting SB 1070 immigration enforcement law. The law is considered unconstitutional and would lead to racial profiling and discrimination. The Arizona state law makes it crime to be illegally in the country and police officers are authorized to ask for legal status from people when conducting investigations from minor to serious state violations or city ordinances.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently approved a ban of ethnic studies in public schools.
Arizona is facing a $3 billion deficit and last week, the Los Angeles City Council approved an $8 million dollar boycott resolution, which will prevent city employees from traveling and doing business with Arizona. San Francisco and other cities have also passed similar resolutions.
In Milwaukee, Alderman Jim Witkowiak who represents the predominately Hispanic district submitted a resolution to boycott Arizona, but it was sent to committee and has yet to be approved by the Common Council.
On Thursday, Bud Selig, Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner confirmed the All Star Game in 2011 will be held in Arizona, despite getting numerous requests to move the game from the state. Latino baseball players oppose his decision and the Arizona SB 1070 law. Selig's decision to have the game in Arizona sent a strong message across America that he actually supports the discriminatory law. His decision will most likely trigger protests by Latinos, Muslims, Blacks and Asians during the baseball game.
White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen has said he would boycott the game, if Selig decided to keep them in Arizona.
On Wednesday, the Republican National Committee chose Tampa, FL instead of Phoenix, AZ to hold the 2012 national convention attributed to pressure and member opposition of SB 1070.

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