Baltimore Maryland joins the Opposition to Arizona Racist Laws and files suit against SB1070. My Super List of Arizona Condemners and Boycotters
Baltimore is the Largest City in Maryland - As of 2009, the population of Baltimore was 637,418. The Baltimore Metropolitan Area has approximately 2.7 million residents; the 20th largest in the country. Baltimore is also the largest city in the surrounding associated combined statistical area of approximately 8.4 million residents. ( Information from Wikipedia )
I have lately found that the New York State Senate ( in Albany NY ) passed a Resolution condemning Arizona on May 4, 2010 and the City of Paterson in New Jersey also condemned Arizona.
Growing list of City Boycotters and City Condemners of Arizona :
Austin TX, Amherst MA, Baltimore MD,Berkeley CA, Boston MA, Bloomington IN, Boulder CO, Brownsville TX, Burlington VT, Calexico CA, Chula Vista CA, Coachella CA, Chicago IL, Columbus OH, Cook County IL ( Chicago is inside ), Durham NC, El Paso TX, Fulton County GA, Gallup NM, Hartford CT, Los Angeles City CA, Los Angeles County CA, Lucas County OH ( Toledo inside ), New York State Senate ( in Albany NY ), Oakland CA, Pasadena CA, Paterson NJ, Portland OR, Richmond CA, San Antonio TX, San Diego CA, San Jose CA, San Pablo CA, Santa Ana CA, St. Paul MN, Santa Monica CA, San Francisco CA, Seattle WA, Tacoma WA, Washington DC, West Hollywood CA, etc ...
Baltimore Hispanic Leaders Commend Mayor for Taking Leadership against Arizona
By Tania Del Angel and Elizabeth Alex
June 17, 2010
Baltimore Hispanic Leaders Commend Mayor for Taking Leadership against Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law
Some excerpts :
The move came on the heels of Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s participation in the Major Cities Mayors Conference in Oklahoma City, where the group passed a resolution condemning Arizona’s SB1070, the anti-immigrant law in question. SB1070 would make it a state crime to lack legal immigration status, and would mandate that local law enforcement officers ask for documentation of legal status from anyone “suspected” of being undocumented; a move which advocates fear will result in racial and ethnic profiling and decreased community collaboration with local police. “Baltimore has a rich immigrant history and a long tradition of upholding basic civil rights for all its people. By signing on to the brief, Mayor Rawlings Blake is not only standing up for immigrants in Arizona, Baltimore, and across the country, she is defending the basic civil rights of all Americans”, said Baltimore City Hispanic Commission Chairman Nicolas Ramos, Sr. “On behalf of the Baltimore Hispanic Commission, we commend the mayor for taking leadership on this issue.”
Rawlings-Blake’s move to join the lawsuit against the state of Arizona over the anti-immigrant legislation comes weeks after the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution condemning the Arizona law and calling on the Maryland General Assembly and Governor O’Malley to oppose any similar legislation in the state of Maryland. The resolution was introduced by Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton.
“Our elected leaders have taken strong first steps in condemning Arizona’s anti-immigrant law,” added Commissioner Rev. Robert Wojtek, C.S.S.R. “I hope they will continue to work with Baltimore’s immigrant community to ensure that basic civil rights are protected and our immigrants are able to participate fully in making our neighborhoods safer for all Baltimore residents.”