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Something is “troubling” in Arizona

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 3 - 2010 Comments Off on Something is “troubling” in Arizona

 Protests, boycotts and lawsuit challenges of Immigration legislation is certain to follow


By Juanita Bratcher


After the Arizona GOP-led Legislature passed immigration legislation (SB1070) that would give police officers the authority to stop and question people about their immigration status, for probable cause, that is, those in opposition to the measure held their breath in hope that Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer would let sanctity prevail by vetoing the Bill.

However, that was wishful thinking. It didn’t happen. Brewer, with the stroke of the pen on April 23, signed the legislation into law and afterwards defended it. It was a “hot-button” issue, and after a barrage of criticism was flung her way, Brewer, days later, made amendments to the law. But it still didn’t curb criticism of the law.

As Shakespeare said in his Hamlet, “something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” There are many who think that “something is troubling in the state of Arizona.”

The quote was in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 4, where character Marcellus says the famous quote, which in essence meaning “something is wrong.” 

President Barack Obama called the legislation “misguided”, and some civil rights activists called it a violation of civil rights. Although the Bill will not take effect until 90 days after the end of the current legislative session, it will probably end up in court before its effective date, if not shortly afterwards.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 60% of voters nationwide favored such a law, while 31% are opposed.

We are a country of laws, but certainly should be “fair” laws and not laws that infringe on one’s civil rights. Some say the Bill will lead to racial profiling.

Omar N. Lopez, of the United Immigrant Front (UIF), called it “The most racist bill ever, targeting the immigrant community…”

Lopez said the UIF is calling for a general economic boycott. “We ask that all immigrant families only buy the essentials for survival and only buy products from Mexico or Latin America. The purpose is to affect the economy of those who fund and elect the lawmakers who lack the courage to act in our defense in Congress and incapable of solving the immigration problem.”

Under SB1070, it would make it a crime in the state of Arizona if a person was in the country illegally; if there was reason or probable cause, police officers could stop and inquire about immigration status; and lawsuits could be waged against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws, among other things.

By Arizona jumping the gun, with this new law, it in a sense usurps the federal government’s authority for immigration reform. However, some supporters of the Bill argue that the federal government has failed in its efforts to do what is necessary to deal with immigration.

Shortly after the bill was signed into law, U.S. Attorney Eric Holder said the U.S. Justice Department would review the Bill, that there was the possibility that it could be subject of court challenge. Already, a couple of lawsuits have been filed, and others are exploring the possibility of a lawsuit.

In CopyLine Magazine’s February 1991 issue, an article entitled, “Dear Dr. King: The Struggle for Equal Justice Continues”, focused on Arizona, stating that 23 years after King’s death Arizona was locked in a bitter dispute over whether to celebrate his birthday, a national holiday, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.

                    The article states: “Would you believe that 23 years

                     after your assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, the state of

                    Arizona is locked in a controversial dispute over whether to

                    observe your birthday as a national holiday. Former

                    Republican Gov. Evan Meacham set-off the sparks of that

                    fire when he rescinded the actions of his predecessor, former

                    Democrat Gov. Bruce Babbitt who, through executive order,

                    designated your birthday as a state holiday. After he rescinded

                    the holiday, organizations bombarded the state of Arizona

                     with convention cancellations to show displeasure with

                   Mecham’s actions; putting a stranglehold on the state’s



                    Although Meacham was kicked out of the Governor’s Office,

                   Partly because of the economic crunch he placed on Arizona

                   by rescinding the holiday (he had other problems as well), it still

                   remains an issue

                   With the stroke of the pen, your birthday was made a national

                   holiday by former President Ronald Reagan. However, I would be

                  remiss if I didn’t tell you that at last count there were three other

                  states that failed to observe your birthday as a national holiday

                – Idaho, Montana and New Hampshire.

               But despite opposition by these states to observe a holiday in your

                honor, it certainly will not take away from your greatness, your

               accomplishments, or the dream that you had for America, in any


              You see, there are those who share your dream, and are dedicated

              to keeping the dream alive, those things you spoke so eloquently of

              in your “I Have a Dream” speech at the Washington Monument

             In Washington, D.C.

  • Brewer recently signed into law a Bill that would allow people in Arizona to carry concealed weapons void of requiring a permit.
  • And the Arizona House of Representatives’ controversial bill to force presidential candidates to produce evidence of citizenship in order to get on the ballot in Arizona, like in a birth certificate?

Much of these legislative doings are bound to bring some political backlash and political fallout for some of those who voted for and supported these pieces of legislation.

The late civil rights pioneer Fannie Lou Hamer coined the phrase: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired”, which is often quoted by others.

But the legislative actions by some elected officials in Arizona tend to be troubling, and seemingly mean-spirited. And you can bank on Arizona’s economy suffering from another backlash – that which will be coming in the way of boycotts and cancellations of conventions, goods and services.

D-Day on health care legislation; will it pass the test of reform?

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On March - 20 - 2010 Comments Off on D-Day on health care legislation; will it pass the test of reform?

 By Juanita Bratcher 


After months of debate, health care legislation heads for the finish line. On the heels of the House vote, President Barack Obama said he was confident “History will be made” with this “historic vote.”

The upcoming vote on health care legislation expected this Sunday (March 21) in Congress is synonymous to that great game of competitive sports – the Super bowl. After months of debate, political ideology clashes, boisterous health care reform rallies, and infighting between lawmakers in both the Democratic and Republican Parties, it seems that America is in the final stretch of what has been an unnerving debate. Tempers flared, incendiary remarks were strewn about, and mean-spirited words lit up the poster boards and took on new meanings – polarizing and dividing the country.

While some speculate that the votes are not there for passage, others predict that health care legislation will pass, even though the numbers will be very close. And no Republican in the House or Senate is expected to vote for it. Republican leadership has tried to torpedo the legislation from Day-One. And in the final days, suggested that health reform talks go back to the drawing board and to start from square one even though legislation had earlier passed the House and Senate.

President Obama, speaking before thousands in Virginia’s Patriot Center, March 19th, declared:

“…At the heart of this debate is the question of whether we’re going to accept a system that works better for the insurance companies than it does for the American people — because if this vote fails, the insurance industry will continue to run amok.  They will continue to deny people coverage.  They will continue to deny people care.  They will continue to jack up premiums 40 or 50 or 60 percent as they have in the last few weeks without any accountability whatsoever.  They know this.  And that’s why their lobbyists are stalking the halls of Congress as we speak, and pouring millions of dollars into negative ads.  And that’s why they are doing everything they can to kill this bill.”

Those who keep a close eye on the political arena, and have become swept up into this political/ideology battle, are now poised, waiting for the outcome, the end result of a once seemingly unending fierce political battle. After the results are officially in, assessments will be made – of winners and losers – and will then move on to the next political episode…battle? There’s bound to be more. Believe it, there will be innumerable ones down the road. Why? Because there’s never a boring time in the political arena; it’s filled with exciting blurbs and innuendoes, and at times, can be very dramatic with lots of grandstanding.

From the outset, CopyLine Magazine has always been in favor of a public option in health care legislation. Unfortunately, public option didn’t make the cut. Nonetheless, health care legislation up for vote on Sunday is a very good start, though not perfect. Yet, if passed, 32 million uninsured will have accessibility to health care, those with pre-existing conditions will now get a fighting chance, without being dropped by their insurance companies, among other things. 

When all is said and done – which ever way the vote goes – whether it passes or fails – there is bound to be winners and losers. And in the aftermath, it will be an excellent time for assessment. Voters should take a closer look at those that represent them in the U.S. House and Senate. Did they like what they saw or heard from their representatives? Were elected officials’ actions more about politics (whether it would hurt their chance at re-election), or in the best interest of their constituents and that of the country?

If not, it’s time to throw the incumbent bums out and send some fresh talent to Washington; those with constructive, innovative voices that are worthy of our support and trust.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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