May 14, 2010

The Wrigley Field protest of the Diamondbacks was very cool on such short notice and now it's expanding.

There's a new Facebook page called Baseball Fans of Florida and they are asking for you to sign a petition to move the Cubs' spring-training facilities out of Arizona and over to Florida.

We are petitioning for the Cubs to move Spring Training to Florida!

Illinois is NOT Arizona. Go Cubs GO!

My pals at ICIRR write:

Cubs fans want a winning team that shows its values and respects all fans. That's why ICIRR is partnering with Cubs fans across the country to have the Chicago Cubs move their spring training from Mesa, Arizona to Naples, Florida.

The Cubs have been considering moving Spring training, and evidence shows that Florida would be better for building a winning team. Now the Arizona legislature’s failure to provide funding to keep the Cubs, choosing instead to pass the most radical anti-immigrant law in the country, is the final proof that Florida is the better choice for our team.

More than half the players on the Cubs are foreign born, and Latinos are well represented on most teams. Like immigrants and people of color across the country, baseball players are outraged at how this law violates their rights and opens them up to harassment—with some threatening to boycott the All-Star game if it is held in Arizona.

Keep the pressure up.

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