In response to immigrants’ rights protesters calling for the boycott of Arizona’s products, AriZona Iced Tea quickly released a statement certifying their authenticity as a New Yorker.
“AriZona Iced Tea proudly traces its origins back to New York,” said founder Don Vultaggio. “In 1992, two hard working guys from Brooklyn with a dream created AriZona Iced Tea. Since then … we have remained loyal to our family-run business based in New York. For the last 16 years, our headquarters have remained on Long Island.”
Angry opponents of Arizona’s harsh new immigration law, in which police have the right to check the papers of anyone they think looks undocumented (it’s pretty much racial profiling), mistakenly targeted their anger towards the unfortunate tea company. The real Arizona-based companies that are facing a potential boycott include Cold Stone Creamery, U-Haul, Best Western and US Airways. Several cities are also considering an economic boycott of Arizona. In fact, San Francisco has already moved to ban city-related travel to Arizona.
It’s good to see people getting angry and action taking action. Keep it up! Join the “1 MILLION Strong AGAINST the Arizona Immigration Law SB1070″ Facebook group!