Boycott Arizona?by H.D. Swartzendruber, Harrisonburg, Va.
Here are some points to ponder as Mennonite Church USA considers a boycott of Arizona after deciding to hold the 2013 assembly in Phoenix:
Canceling the existing contract would likely result in large penalties.
Those who would be most seriously affected by cancellation would be the food service and housekeeping staff who are for the most part legal with probably some well-behaved undocumented people who would be out of work because of the boycott. Their employers, the large hotel corporations, have deep pockets. Although they would suffer some financial loss, they would survive.
Finally, I would point out that the Mennonite World Conference met in Zimbabwe, which was much, much worse than Arizona then and is now even worse. But our people saw the conditions close up and were in support of our Mennonite brothers and sisters who have to live in that tragedy every day.
I recommend holding off until after the upcoming election. The atmosphere is now so charged that even moderate candidates are pandering to their respective bases. November should give us a better picture of where the possible pressure points are, who will be part of the help and who will be of no use.
Associated Issue: Love, sex and marriage - July 2010
Associated Article: Boycott Arizona?
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