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L.A. Will Consider Halting Business with Arizona-Based Companies

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This morning, two Los Angeles City Councilmembers introduced a resolution calling for a boycott of Arizona after the passing of SB 1070. "The resolution will call for Los Angeles, and all of its departments, to end any and all contracts with Arizona-based companies and to stop doing business with the state," a media advisory said this morning.

Specifically, the resolution reads like this:

... the City of Los Angeles shall refrain from conducting business with the state of Arizona including participating in any conventions or other business that requires city resources, unless SB 1070 (Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Acts") is repealed.

To be heard by the City Council next week, the resolution also includes opposing any federal legislation that promotes "racial profiling or discrimination based on race, ethnicity or national origin."

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"More than half of the folks living in Los Angeles are Latino, and for us to do nothing is unacceptable," Councilmember Ed Reyes said this morning. "For us to not to take heed to this action which essentially is promoting this concept that every state can establish their own federal immigration laws is just wrong and dangerous."

Reyes introduced the motion with fellow Councilmember and Lt. Governor-hopeful Janice Hahn.

"On the boycott," Reyes continued, "what we want to do is make sure we understand and review every monetary transaction, any kind of funding that comes from Los Angeles (to Arizona), evaluate it, refrain from conducting business with them and make them aware that their actions have real consequences from a monetary view."

Previously on LAist
- The Passing of Arizona's SB 1070 Leads to Protest Last Night in L.A.
- L.A.-Based Nonprofit to Launch Ad Comparing Nazi Treatment of Jews to Arizona's New Immigration Law