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Arizona immigration law protesters to rally outside Dodger Stadium

May 31, 2010 |  4:02 pm

The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to face more than Los Angeles fans Monday evening when they show up at Dodger Stadium to kick off a three-game series.

Grass-roots groups protesting the controversial Arizona immigration law were expected to station themselves outside the main entrances to the stadium.

Unlike other groups and municipalities that have been calling for various boycotts of Arizona businesses, this protest was to be more educational, according to an organizer.

“We’re not going to stop them from attending the game,” said organizer John Morales. “They’ve already bought their tickets. We’re trying to make a connection between sports and politics.… The Diamondback team is not just from Arizona, the ownership has contributed to the Republican Party that has spearheaded the legislation.”

Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick, a substantial financial backer of Republican politicians, issued a statement in late April saying he shared the Major League Baseball Players Assn.’s concerns about the effect that the legislation could have on players and lamenting that “this whole situation is sad and disappointing for all of us who are associated with the Arizona Diamondbacks.”

But Morales said Kendrick’s statements weren’t enough.

“If you really disagree, maybe you shouldn’t be aiding and facilitating those politicians who pass these kinds of laws,” Morales said.

Across the country, as opponents to the law have called for boycotts of Arizona businesses, the Diamondbacks have found themselves targeted as well. There was a protest rally outside Wrigley Field in Chicago in late April when the Diamondbacks played the Cubs.

Protesters outside Dodger Stadium, Morales said, would be handing out leaflets encouraging fans to sign an online petition urging MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to move the 2011 MLB All-Star Game out of Phoenix, where it is scheduled to be held.

"We’re also trying to remind people that Dodgers spring training is in Arizona,” said Morales. “We would like to urge the Dodgers to pull out of Arizona.”

-- Carla Hall

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