Tacos, Beer, And Men In Uniform

Some of my friends are throwing a benefit tonight for performance artist Antonio Garza. The guy — whose cojones are clearly bigger than my own — plans to ride his bike through the Arizona desert next month as part of a rolling one-man show that protests Arizona’s strict new immigration laws.

The benefit kicks off at 8pm with complimentary jambalaya tacos (yes, I think that’s “jambalaya tacos”) and beer, and the suggested donation is a wee $10. If you’re not already planning to come to our show — and of course, you’ve already seen it, right? — I highly recommend this one. Here’s the skinny.

In July, Antonio Garza will travel through the blazing Arizona heat on bicycle with his one-man show “Men in Uniform” to tell Arizonans what it is like to grow up hassled by authorities who did not think he looked American enough. His idea? Turn up the heat on Arizona’s new law, SB1070, which makes it legal for police to demand “documents” of anybody they think might be an illegal immigrant.

Antonio first performed “Men in Uniform” at the 2008 New Orleans Fringe Festival. The Fringe Alternative Theater Incubator (FATI) is now helping Antonio take it on the road by cosponsoring a fundraiser, 8 pm, June 25 at the Shadowbox Theater, 2400 St. Claude Ave, to show support for his ride from Phoenix into the Arizona hinterlands to perform wherever he can – at cafes, bars or churches. Doors open at 8 pm with free all-you-can-eat-and-drink jambalaya tacos and beer, and at 9 pm Garza will present a special performance of “Men in Uniform”. Suggested donation of $10 will help Garza cover the costs of bike tires and power bars to fuel his ride.

For more information, please visit http://www.nofringe.org/antoniogarza.html or contact Antonio Garza at antoniogarza@gmail.com 504-915-3539.

Can’t make the fundraiser? Send a friend in your place and support Antonio’s ride with an online donation (all donations will go directly to his project)!

3 Comments so far

  1. Laurie (unregistered) on June 26th, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

    Senate Bill 1070(S.B. 1070)does far less than United States federal law.

    Federal law is not being enforced.

    Arizona is 67% Hispanic-most of them are far the law, the illegals are not.

  2. NO_Doc (unregistered) on June 28th, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    OK, no sympathy from me on this one. When I go to Mexico, they expect me to speak Spanish if I stray from the tourista<-i> areas where you pay a premium for them to speak to you in English. If I was to be an illegal there, I would either get shaken down by the cop for mucho denero (US$ only, pesos need not apply), or I would rot in a hellish prison the likes of which would make US prisons look like a stay in 2 or 3 star hotel. Hell, if I get pulled over by a cop for a minor traffic violation here in N.O., the first thing is “License and registration please”. If I don’t have my license and can’t get someone to drop it off to me, there is a 50-50 shot I get taken to lockup until they figure out who I am. Why should someone else be given a free pass because they 1)can only speak a non-English language and 2)have absolutely NO documentation on them to say who they are and where they are from?? I am sure there are some good people among the illegals who have come north of the border to try and make ends meet for their families. But the fact that they can’t do it the legal way says they are at the very least taking shortcuts, if not flat out hiding something. There is no ‘right’ for everyone on the entire planet to be in the US. As soon as you say it is OK to ignore immigration laws, then it’s OK to ignore taxes on the wages earned by the illegals. If it’s OK for them to not pay taxes, why should I? If no one pays taxes, then government services go away. Our version of civilized government is based on the concept that everyone does their fair share, and we all get benefit. Once some people can ignore the law and not expect to be challenged, then the system starts breaking down. Illegals should be deported to their country of origin within 24 hours of discovery. If found working, their paychecks should be garnished to help pay the cost of finding and deporting them and others like them. The employers should be fined 3x the amount of unemployment tax and worker’s comp insurance they are NOT carrying on these workers. If they are not working, the government of their country of origin should get a bill for the services (medical care, unemployment, food stamps, etc) they received. Laws are laws, and fair is fair. If the laws are bad, change them through the legislative system. Don’t just chose to ignore some laws (immigration) and enforce others (income tax). That only contributes more to the perception and reality of corruption in government.

  3. richard (rico) on June 28th, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Laurie: I think you’re WAY off on this. I’ve never seen stats to that effect. Case in point: http://americasvoiceonline.org/polling/entry/bipartisan_poll_in_arizona_aftermath_public_demands_national_immigrati.

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