Sunday, April 6, 2008

‘Free to Work Arizona’ Initiative Follow Up By Mark R. Kerr

Arizona’s corporate media “articles” on the proposed “Free to Work Arizona” initiative, filed Friday, April 4, by state Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix), show that they are up to their usual aplomb, distributing blather to their ever dwindling readership.

They focused, zeroed in on the statement that Sinema made pertaining to whether this signature drive to place this measure on the November general election ballot would “even get out of the starting blocks” if the ultra-conservative and virulently homophobic, Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), ends their efforts, Arizona law and court decisions not withstanding, on a ballot proposal to add an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between “one man and one woman.”

What about the fact that Sinema has launched a signature drive to place a measure on the ballot, as the framer’s of Arizona’s constitution intended?

What about the fact that CAP and their minions in the Arizona Legislature are wasting taxpayer money and time trying to place their bigotry on the ballot, instead of going the signature route, as they did in 2006 and were defeated, by a vote of the people?

A select few should not dictate to the masses. If a measure is considered by the people, the people should go through the legal and constitutional machinations to have it considered but this is the right wing, who are behind this, so democracy goes out the window in Arizona, following their leaders on the national scale, with their memos, signing statements and repeal of the basic tenets this country was founded on, like Habeas Corpus, being spied upon for no reason by their government.

So despite the blathering of the corporatists, this effort is to ensure the rights of all Arizonans in the work place, to be free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity is paramount. So where does one sign?

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