Avalos said he hoped to make tomorrow's picket. But he said boycotting a game in San Francisco wasn't the most rational thing to do: "You're boycotting the Giants, too." Still, "It's worth sending a message to the Diamondbacks' owner for supporting this law by not coming out against it."
The posters advertising the protest coordinated by the May 1 Coalition
were multi-purpose: they also informed folks in English and Spanish of
President Obama's visit this week, calling for a protest outside the
Fairmont Hotel. The posters also sought to broaden their base by apparently showing their
contempt for swastika signs. That's a cause most can get behind.
the boycott should be peaceful, should things get rowdy, the protesters
should be safe on at least one front. San Francisco doesn't enter the Secure Communities program until Tuesday. That's the controversial federal program that will check the fingerprints of
anyone booked into jail in San Francisco against a federal database. So
no one detained this weekend on anything other than a felony needs to
fear being reported to ICE.
UPDATE, 4:45 P.M.: May Day Coalition organizer Diana Macasa says that a bus and two vans of SEIU-Local 1021 members and activists from PODER, POWER, St. Peter's Housing Committee, and the International Socialist Organization took off around 9:00 this morning from the Giants stadium on a caravan to Phoenix. They will march in the National Day of Action Against SB1070 on the Arizona capitol tomorrow, and attend a conference on repealing the controversial law. That explains the protesters that the Giants spokesman told us about earlier today.
Here in San Francisco, Macasa says she expects 500 people at tomorrow's boycott (if one can actually "attend a boycott") of the Diamondbacks game.
Meanwhile, Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter reports that the ticket office hasn't seen any significant decrease in sales for tonight's or tomorrow's games against the Arizona team.