Bienvenido a Arizona, meeting with Puente

People told not to come to Arizona. It was part of what they called the national boycott against a racist state. Yeah, the enactment of SB1070—a law that allows local police to question for immigration status if they have reason to believe a person is in the country with no documents among other things—is an extreme measure that speaks very bad about this state. But I also know there are people here organizing around this and other issues and tonight I will be meeting a bunch of them. Sandra and Diane are my contacts there. They seem good people. I’m also excited because I will see my old friend Sonaí, who recently moved to this area y ya está en la lucha. ¡Así que bienvenido a Arizona!

PS: I might come back later tonight to add links to this and talk more about the other welcoming I’ve had. The media is playing its game.


About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista,, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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