Statewide “Buy-Cott” Urges Spending for Immigration Reform

A consortium of Colorado businesses is displaying this 'buy-cott" poster this week in support of immigration reform. A consortium of Colorado businesses is displaying this ‘buy-cott” poster this week in support of immigration reform.

Colorado professional associations and small business owners who support comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, have announced a statewide “buy-cott” campaign, urging consumers to spend at businesses that publicly support such  a law.  It’s a turnabout on the long and often difficult tactic of boycotting businesses deemed unjust, said Michele Soli, spokeswoman for Rights for All People.  Organizers say nearly 400 businesses have already signed on.

The campaign’s bright purple poster, featuring an image of the Statue of Liberty, reads, “Shop local, shop small, shop fair.  Vote with your wallet.”

At news conferences in Denver, Pueblo, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, business owners from real estate and other fields touted the economic benefits of progressive immigration policies.

Consumers are also being asked to lobby their U.S. representatives, via the toll-free number 1-877-848-8289.  Details of the campaign and geographic listing of participating businesses is posted at http://costatewidebuycott.wordpress.com/.

Soli explained the strategy on KUVO’s “First Take with Lando and Chavis” public affairs show.

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