The National Council of La Raza, one of the country's largest
Hispanic advocacy groups, has called off its 16-month boycott of
Arizona, initiated to protest the state's controversial SB1070
La Raza announced the decision last month in a letter to the Real
Arizona Coalition, a collection of businesses, interfaith groups and
community leadership organizations; the coalition had asked for the
boycott to be lifted.
In the letter, La Raza stated: "We are aware of the hardship [the
boycott] has imposed on many of the workers, businesses and
organizations whose interests we seek to advance. We hope that the more
respectful and civil tone that many have worked so hard to establish in
recent months will continue."
"The fact that the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy
group is no longer discouraging conventions or meetings from coming to
Arizona is welcome news," said Kevin Kamenzind, CMP, chief marketing
officer for the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Key parts of the law still are not in effect, having been blocked by an
appeals court in April. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has filed an appeal with
the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn that ruling.