Thursday, February 27, 2014

Poster of the Week

Out of the Closets!
Julio Salgado
In collaboration with Yahaira Carrillo
digital print, 2013
United States: California, Los Angeles

There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.
-Audre Lorde 
CSPG’s Poster of the Week links two issues that are usually separated:  Immigrant rights and LGBTQ rights.  The joyous and affirmative way these are combined here is in stark contrast to how they have come together in the Arizona legislature.
Last week, Arizona's House of Representatives passed a bill by a 33-27 vote that would allow business owners to deny service to gay and lesbian customers as long as the denial of service was based on the owner’s religious beliefs. Large corporations and athletic organizations, including Marriott Hotels, Apple, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Yelp, the Super Bowl Host Committee, Major League Baseball, the Arizona Cardinals, and the NFL, have all criticized the legislation. Republican Governor Jan Brewer has expressed the right of business owners to deny service, but facing growing criticism with its potentially devastating economic impact, she vetoed the bill on February 26, 2014, one week after it was passed.

Protests against another abhorrent and discriminatory Arizona law, the anti-immigrant S.B. 1070, are ongoing.  At the time it was signed into law by Gov. Brewer in April 2010, SB 1070 was the broadest and strictest anti-immigrant law in recent U.S. history. Diverse legal challenges, filed by the ACLU, the Department of Justice and others, delayed its enforcement.  In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned three of the four provisions that were challenged, but upheld the most hotly disputed part of S.B. 1070, which required police to determine the immigration status of someone arrested or detained when there is “reasonable suspicion” they are not in the U.S. legally. The ACLU, along with a coalition of civil rights organizations, will continue to challenge the Arizona law on other constitutional grounds.


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