LULAC was dismayed to hear today that the National Football League has chosen the State of Arizona to host the 49th Super Bowl. In light of Arizona’s hate-based legislation, the action taken by the NFL serves as an endorsement of the state’s abhorrent actions against the Latino and migrant communities. LULAC has actively opposed such hate-based legislation and at its National Convention this summer passed a resolution calling for an economic boycott of Arizona.
“The NFL turned a blind eye today to the state’s hateful, wasteful, and hurtful legislation that has divided communities and made enemies out of neighbors. Arizona is facing devastating budget cuts to education, healthcare, and housing. Rather than deal with such issues, the Arizona legislature is energized around legislation that is meant to instill fear in the Latino and migrant communities,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran.
According to a statement released today, football fans have in the past generated more than $500 million in economic activity for the community that hosts the Super Bowl. Instead of supporting efforts that would encourage stakeholders and community leaders to build alliances and re-direct state politics away from hate-based legislation, the NFL has chosen to provide an economic shot in the arm to a state that will only continue to oppress an already disadvantaged community.
About the League of United Latin American Citizens: The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating through 880 LULAC councils nationwide. For more information, visit www.lulac.org