So here I am, soaking in my first Netroots Nation conference. I'm enjoying myself immensely, and already resolving to do what I can to get back as often as I can. Then the announcement comes that next year the conference will be in Phoenix.
But Daily Kos will not be there.
I know individual Kossacks will, but officially the Great Orange Satan will not.
The main reason listed is the presence of SB1070 still on the books.
But laws are like Time. They can be rewritten.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but there's an election for governor this fall. An election we can win.
The legislature and the senate also have seats up as well. In fact, Ballotpedia has rated the Arizona State Senate as one of their battleground chambers.
The deadline for signature filings for the August primary is May 28. There are several districts with NO Democrat running.
We can do better than that.
This is the PERFECT example of using our power to effect change. How about instead of boycotting the state, we do everything in our power to change the makeup of the state government so that we can CHANGE THE LAW.
Will there still be racists in Arizona after we win? Yes.
Will there still be places where they flout the law and practice "show me your papers" after we win? Probably
But by effecting change in state leadership, and by using the moral arguments of Reverend Barber, we then begin to set the example and begin to change minds and hearts.