Arizona D-Backs Play In Chicago, SB 1070 Protests Follow [VIDEO]

By Julianne Hing Apr 29, 2010

The national boycott against Arizona-based companies is on, protests against SB 1070 are popping up around the country, and now, people are targeting Arizona’s baseball team. Today’s attendees at the Cubs-Diamondbacks game in Chicago today were met by a knot of protesters outside Wrigley Field waving signs and shouting chants denouncing the Arizona law that made it a crime o be undocumented in the state. Leone Bicchieri, the executive director of the Chicago Workers’ Collective, was at the protest. "[Our position] on SB 1070 is that it does absolutely nothing to attempt to fix our broken immigration system, and it primarily increases racial profiling," Bicchieri said. "Not that it was such a people-of-color-friendly state before this." Bicchieri said two allies also chartered a plane that flew above Wrigley Field for two hours with a banner trailing behind it that said: "Shame on Arizona. No More 1070. Reform not Raicsm." The Diamondbacks are in Chicago this week and headed to Houston, Atlanta, Florida, Colorado and San Francisco in the next month. Protests are expected to follow them on the road. Bicchieri said that his group and others at the protest, which included the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and other faith groups, plan to protest at the D-backs subsequent games in Chicago the next few days. "We are going to do whatever we can to support a national boycott of companies based in Arizona." Click after the jump for video from the protest and more photos.

Protests @ D-backs-Cubs from KTAR on Vimeo.

photo credit: first three photos and video courtesy, fourth photo courtesy CWC