There is a protest going on right now at Main Gate at the University of Arizona.[tnivideo caption=”” credit=””]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S23L-LZ4oJw
The people gathered are opposed to the owner of Jimmy John’s huge financial contributions to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s raids. Shouts of “GO BACK TO MEXICO” are heard from passing vehicles, but are drowned out by horns honking in support.
According to the Arizona Boycott Clearinghouse:
The owner of this Jimmy Johns, at UA Main Gate, issued the following statement:
I appreciate and respect the protesters right to protest the SB 1070 legislation in Arizona. However, my family and I are small business owners who own and operate this independent franchise. Boycotting our independent franchise only harms hard-working local businesspeople like us and our employees. Franchisees like me are 100% focused on employing local people who make great sandwiches and deliver them freaky fast for all customers to enjoy. We are not interested in making any political statements and hope you will support small business people like us and our local
employees. We would appreciate an update to the blog that at least presents the facts. James Liautaud, the founder of Jimmy Johns, does not own the Tucson Jimmy Johns. Past contributions he has made to a political candidate through another business or personally do not represent the positions of this locally owned sandwich shop.