With its great winter weather and uniquely awesome scenery, Arizona is an international magnet for cyclists of all stripes. The annual Bisbee stage race, Sedona’s mystical red rock, Tucson’s other-worldly Coronado National Forest (actually desert), Phoenix’s South Mountain and Flagstaff’s thriving bike culture — to say nothing of the unofficial state bike blog, DrunkCyclist — add up to a cycling lure rivaling Utah and California in the guide books and magazine reviews.
So it pains us to call for cyclists to join a growing boycott of Arizona over the state’s misguided new immigration profiling law. In a nutshell, the law mandates police to pull over and ask ID of anyone who might look like they’re “illegal” (undocumented).
The law is anti-American, it’s as simple as that. It divides us as a people and as a nation. It smacks of Jim Crow in the old South, anti-Jewish pogroms in Europe and apartheid in South Africa. It’s about as backward, totalitarian and repressive as government gets.
We’ve started a Facebook page, “Cyclists Boycotting Arizona,” in protest. It seems the least cyclists can do as a subculture ourselves. Please join. You can also sign a petition. And as always, your comments are welcome.