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Media conference joins boycott of Az

The Alliance for Community Media is seeking to move its 2011 conference from Tucson in response to SB 1070.

The conference, scheduled for July of next year, brings 500 attendees to a week-long trade show, said the group's head, Debra Rogers.

The group will try to negotiate a move to another Marriot property outside of Arizona, said Rogers in a letter to Gov. Brewer.

"Given the fact that our organization has very specific and strict guidelines in the areas of diversity and equal opportunity, and that many of our members will be precluded from attending the conference because of nationwide boycotts against Arizona, the Alliance believes it would be a violation of our member's trust to hold our conference within the State of Arizona given the controversy and substance of the recent immigration law," said Rogers.

Tucson's public access agency, Access Tucson, is a member of the Alliance for Community Media.

"I am hopeful that there is some quick action by the courts to reverse this ill-advised law, that it does not go into effect and that this and other conventions will be able to be held in Arizona," said Access Tucson's executive director, Sam Behrend, via email.

The Alliance for Community Media, which has 700 member organizations, represents public, educational and governmental (PEG) access programmers and community media centers nationwide.

Text of ACM letter to Gov. Brewer

  • The Honorable Jan Brewer
  • Governor of Arizona
  • 1700 West Washington
  • Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Dear Governor Brewer,

Support TucsonSentinel.com today, because a smarter Tucson is a better Tucson.

The Alliance for Community Media had planned to hold our Annual Conference and Trade Show in Tucson in July 2011.  Each year over 500 attendees, vendors and speakers attend our industry conference for up to a week in a host city around the United States.

In response to Senate Bill 1070 recently signed into law in Arizona, the Alliance for Community Media Board of Directors met last week and directed me to request that our contract with Marriott be amended to move our National Conference to another Marriott property outside the State of Arizona.

Given the fact that our organization has very specific and strict guidelines in the areas of diversity and equal opportunity, and that many of our members will be precluded from attending the conference because of nationwide boycotts against Arizona, the Alliance believes it would be a violation of our member's trust to hold our conference within the State of Arizona given the controversy and substance of the recent immigration law.  Further, we are convinced it will do lasting harm to our organization's image and finances.

It is most unfortunate that the dollars that would have poured into the state of Arizona to aid in economic recovery will go elsewhere. However, we can find no justification to keep our conference in your state and know that many of our members would boycott any event held in Arizona given the current circumstances.

Like the community media centers we represent across the country, our mission is non-partisan. We provide an open forum for all community voices of all political views.   We strongly support the right of all voices to be heard equally and fairly. We embrace and engage diversity, which adds to the wealth of our nation. We support the right of individuals to be treated equally and fairly with no regard to race, religion or ethnicity.

We urge you to consider the economic impact to your state and ask that you repeal SB 1070 immediately. Until this occurs we must do what is necessary to protect the rights and interests of our members. We are eager to spend our money in Arizona, but you leave us no choice but to take all necessary steps to move our annual conference to another state.

  • Sincerely,
  • Debra Rogers, Chair
  • 310A Dillingham Ave.
  • Falmouth, MA  02540
  • deb@fctv.org
  • CC: Arizona Office of Tourism
  •     Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitor Bureau
  •     Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup
  •     Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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