Protestors Want Dodgers Out Of Arizona For Spring Training
Union members amassed outside Dodger Stadium over the weekend during a game with the Arizona Diamondbacks to protest the Dodgers' use of an Arizona-based spring-training facility.
About 150 people showed up to deliver the message to team management that they're unhappy with Arizona over its passage of a tough new immigration law. They want the team to abandon its Glendale, Arizona spring-training facilities as a statement against the law.
"It's important for the Dodgers to take a stand,'' Mike Chavez, a spokesman for SEIU United Service Workers West, said. "They have a history of standing up against discrimination and we're asking them to do something to show some leadership.''
A Dodgers spokesman had no comment.
The demonstrators gathered at Stadium Way and Elysian Park Avenue as the Dodgers met the Diamondbacks Monday. They also called on Major League Baseball to move the 2011 All-Star game away from Phoenix to support their stance against the law.
The Arizona legislation, expected to go into effect in August, encourages police to check the immigration status of suspects they stop who they believe could possibly be in the country illegally.
Check out our piece on how the Lakers' Phil Jackson got pulled into the Arizona controversy.
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