API Movement and AARW, along with a number of other organizations threw up a 200 strong picket line outside Fenway Park before a Red Sox- Arizona Diamond Backs game on June 15th. The informational picket called for Major League Baseball (MLB) to remove the All Star game from Arizona next year in light of their newly oppressive laws against immigrants, particularly SB1070. 30% of MLB players are Latino and the MLB Players Union- who are agaiinst the AZ Law.
Most of the fans looked on with interest, and many inquired about the issues. Some were supportive with an occassional heckler. The actions was spirited and the moving picket line grew longer and longer on Lansdowne St. as it got closer to game time. We had a number of baseball oriented chants, including "Take me out to the Ballgame" with revised lyrics calling for moving the All Star game. After the action, many went to the state house to support students conducting a vigil against pending Massachusetts legislation that would harm immigrants.
Among the groups participating were New Sanctuary Movement (NSM), Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), LULACMetrowest, Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts (LUMA), Brazilian Women's Group (BWG), Centro Presente, American Friends Service Committee, Project Voice, Jobs with Justice, and MataHari: Eye of the Day.
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