It seems like forever since the Phoenix Suns sported their "Los Suns" jerseys for the second game of their series against the San Antonio Spurs. The Arizona immigration law is still being debated, protested and fought about, which is weird since those things usually go away so quickly. But since disagreements on the bill still exist and the Suns are still playing, it stands to reason that there would be some sort of crossover again. And there is.
Thanks to Phil Jackson's support of SB1070, an Orange County political blog called Orange Juice is helping to organize a protest that will take place before Monday's first game between the Suns and Lakers.
Protest outside Staples Center on Monday May 17th, at 5 p.m. to denounce Lakers Coach Phil Jackson for his support of Racist Arizona bill SB1070.
We all know that a great deal of our community members support the Lakers. This could potentially be a highly publicized event...since it is playoff game 1 against LOS SUNS.
We can announce The Great March in ARIZONA on May 29th and strengthen our momentum, as well as the boycott of Arizona Diamonbacks on May 31st. People want the LAKERS to take a stand or for Phil Jackson to clarify his position on the racist bill that criminalizes fans.
Well, it's not the most eloquent call to action, but it certainly gets the point across.
Furthermore, the Mexican-American Political Association and Southern California Immigration Coalition will be a part of Monday's protest. Nativo Lopez of the Mexican-American Political Association told the Orange County Register why they're protesting.
"We are not happy with the position that Phil Jackson took," Nativo Lopez, the national president of the Mexican-American Political Association said. "We want to call on Jackson and the Lakers to put on their Los Lakers jerseys, especially considering the tremendous support that the Lakers have enjoyed from the communities specifically targeted by the misguided and racist Arizona law."
The groups also "want to welcome Los Suns of Arizona and thank them for the symbolic support," Lopez said.
When Phoenix wore their "Los Suns" jerseys, the demonstrations were peaceful, so we can hope for the same this time around. At the very least, we might be able to get the world's biggest Kobe fan on video again. I'm sure he'd have some interesting opinions on this situation.
UPDATE: Phil Jackson has released a statement on tonight's protests.
"I've been involved in a number of progressive political issues over the years and I support those who stand up for their beliefs. It is what makes this country great. I have respect for those who oppose the new Arizona immigration law, but I am wary of putting entire sports organizations in the middle of political controversies. This was the message of my statement. I know others feel differently, even in the Lakers organization, but it was a personal statement. In this regard, it is my wish that this statement not be used by either side to rally activists."