HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION PULLS ITS 2015 ANNUAL CONVENTION FROM PHOENIX IN RESPONSE TO ARIZONA'S SB 1062
D.C. - The HNBA announced today that it has pulled its 40th Annual Convention
previously scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona in September 2015.
Monday, February 24th, the HNBA denounced the Arizona legislature's passage of
SB 1062. The HNBA also called for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the
legislation and still hopes that she will do so. As set forth in its
February 24th press release, SB 1062 discriminates against members of Arizona's
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
proposed legislation also impacts other citizens that are either traveling
through Arizona or that are doing business or have business interests in the
state. Accordingly, the HNBA's Board of Governors voted unanimously to
immediately pull the Annual Convention.
HNBA views this as a civil rights issue. As a national association of
lawyers committed to promoting the ideals of equal protection, equal
opportunity, tolerance, and inclusiveness, it is imperative that we speak up
and take immediate action in the presence of injustice," stated HNBA
National President Miguel Alexander Pozo. As the late Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. said more than 50 years ago, writing from a Birmingham, AL jail
cell, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
lawyers, we have sworn to uphold the United States Constitution as well as the
laws of our respective states. "In our view, SB 1062 violates the
Equal Protection and the Commerce Clauses of the U.S. Constitution, and offends
the anti-discrimination protections found in Title II of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964," said Mr. Pozo.
While the HNBA will remain steadfast, and stand
in solidarity with our Affiliate Los Abogados and our HNBA members in Arizona,
by taking this action we are sending a clear message to Arizona
lawmakers. "Laws that return us to a darker time in the nation's
history simply cannot be tolerated. SB 1062 and SB 1070 are two such
laws," said Mr. Pozo
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