That’s the message from City Council members who introduced a resolution Wednesday urging New Yorkers to boycott Arizona and its businesses as punishment for its new law targeting illegal immigrants.
“We have concerns about how the boycott can hurt the working-class people, but we believe that … it is necessary,” said Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez of Washington Heights, who compared it to 1980s anti-apartheid boycotts against South Africa.
Controller John Liu is studying how New York could sever its contracts and investments with Arizona-based companies. He and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio support it. Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she is open to it.
A similar boycott passed the Los Angeles City Council yesterday – and is backed by that city’s mayor.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called on Major League Baseball to move next year’s All-Star game out of Phoenix.
Meanwhile, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer stirred new outrage by signing a bill banning ethnic studies in schools.