The boycott of Arizona has already cost this state billions of dollars and will continue until SB1070 is no longer the law.
There is no one in charge and just as with the internet, it exists on its own and will continue to exist and in fact, the viral SB1070 – Strategic Boycott of 1070 movement now has a new target to demonstrate to Tucson and Arizona just how effective a targeted boycott is.
The target is Brooklyn’s Pizza and Sky Bar on 4th avenue in Tucson.
Even after gaining momentum from a victory in the Jimmy John’s boycott, local business owner and restaurateur Tony Vaccaro, owner of Brooklyn Pizza Company and Sky Bar, both on North Fourth Avenue, who originally supported the No More Deaths campaign to have the anti-SB1070 sign on his 4th avenue business, then changed his stance on SB 1070 and took the sign down.
The following is from the Arizona Daily Star.
In an e-mail sent to the Arizona Daily Star on Tuesday, Vaccaro wrote: “This weekend I actually took the time to read the official state version of SB 1070. I could not find any language in the law that I opposed.
“Additionally, barring extreme situations, I do not believe that businesses should get involved in politics. That is for individuals, politicians and lobby groups. I feel that I have let some of my customers down by getting involved in the SB 1070 debate.”
Sarah Launius, a spokeswoman for No More Deaths, said the organization has received telephone calls of support in the days since the “We Mean Business” campaign started.
“There have been a number of businesses that have sought us out saying they want to put up a sign,” Launius said. “We’ve also heard from a number of community members saying, ‘Thank you so much for presenting us a different side,’ and they will change their shopping patterns to support the businesses that display our signs.”
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“We Mean Business”
For a list of companies participating in the “We Mean Business” campaign, go to www.nomoredeaths.org
This case is made even more special considering that the signs were actually up and the owner made a conscious decision to take them down. He more than likely succumbed to pressure from the right-wing in this city, including a video from right-wing host Jon Justice that called out local businesses for supporting the No More Deaths campaign.
This was a really dumb decision by Tony Vaccaro.
To begin with, his business is on 4th ave, the most progressive street in Tucson, our version of Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue. Not only is boycotting an easy thing to accomplish, but protests in front of Vaccaro’s businesses is now super-convenient due to the location.
And just as with the Jimmy John’s protest, there will no doubt be some new customers that will become patrons of Brooklyn’s Pizza, most of whom will be Jon Justice fans, but will they come in everyday? You easily have more progressives on 4th avenue than Jon Justice fans, and how many will be willing to cross a picket line, especially when there are other delicious pizza restaurants in town, such as Zachary’s Pizza?
Time will tell how smart Tony Vaccaro’s decision was to take down his anti-SB1070 sign on 4th avenue. Now is the time to be on the correct side of history, and SB1070 will be ruled unconstitutional, and Brooklyn’s Pizza and Sky Bar’s decision to not take a stand against the legalized racial profiling of the “reasonably suspicious” will forever tarnish the reputation of his business.
The boycott of Brooklyn’s Pizza and Sky Bar on 4th avenue is now on, and a phone campaign has also begun. Why don’t you call 520-622-6868 now and let them know what you think of their decision to go against the No More Deaths campaign? You don’t have to be in Tucson to let them know either.
“We mean business”
As stated previously, Three Sonorans is not in charge of any grassroots movement, but just reports on the activist movement in Arizona during these troubling times.