Boycotts Against Arizona: An Effective Strategy for Social Change?

On Your Call, we’re discussing the history and present use of boycotts. Arizona recently passed the nation’s strongest anti-immigration law. Individuals, organizations, and governments worldwide are calling for widespread boycotts. But how effective are boycotts? How have they succeeded in the past? Do you favor a widespread or more targeted boycott?

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  • Lawrence Glickman – Associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina; Author of Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America and A Living Wage: American Workers and the Making of Consumer Society
  • Linda Herrera – co-founder of Unidos Arizona; grassroots organizer for boycott of Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Alfredo Gutierrez – former Arizona state senate majority leader; head of Arizona Boycott Committee
  • Jonathan Day – owner of Jonathan Day’s Indian Arts in Flagstaff; creator of “Don’t Boycott AZ” Facebook page

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