I know the official name of this blog is Arizona Nature, and in the past I have received the occasional angry message for posting non-nature content. However, I reserve the right to post whatever Arizona-related content I wish, and you reserve the right to unfollow me at any time. I maintain this blog not only as a place to showcase the astounding natural beauty Arizona has to offer, but also as a means to provide an open forum for anyone who wishes to discuss Arizona’s culture, politics, events, and general information. I welcome all questions and comments and I encourage my followers to submit any Arizona-related content.
Having said that, I have been closely following the controversy surrounding Arizona’s recent legislation on SB 1062. I am very disappointed (once again) with Arizona’s Republican politicians, and I know I am not alone. Across the nation, countless demonstrations, criticisms, and outcries have been broadcasted protesting this bill. I find it highly offensive, as many of my dearest friends are directly affected by bills such as these. I also find it ridiculous that a major criticism of this bill is how it may affect Arizona’s economy, while completely overlooking the fact that basic human rights are being infringed upon. While I appreciate the businesses that have contacted Governor Brewer opposing this bill, they are focusing on the wrong aspect of it. I could not care less if it has any impact on the economy or the Super Bowl. We should be discussing the fact that it is a legal demonstration of discrimination.
One major criticism I have of this otherwise beautiful and amazing state is that we have a major public relations problem. I don’t believe our politicians accurately represent our citizens’ views. While we can sit around and blame our politicians for poor legislation, the fact remains that our state has voted these people into office. The only way to change our laws and our public image is to elect people that more accurately represent us. If you complain about Arizona’s politicians, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Register to vote, and exercise your right to vote at any opportunity you can. We are the only ones that can turn this state around.
So here is the point of this post. Governor Brewer is, for some reason, still on the fence about whether she will veto this bill. If you are also against this bill being signed into law in Arizona, I strongly urge you to contact Governor Brewer asking her to veto it. It only takes a few minutes of your time to do so. Contact information is as follows:
Email Governor Brewer (the easiest and quickest way of contacting her)
Call or fax her:
Phoenix Office: (602) 542-4331
Tucson Office: (520) 628-6580
Fax Number: (602) 542-1381
In-State Toll Free: (800) 253-0883 (outside Maricopa County only)
ETA: I fully anticipate angry messages or comments about this post. I will not respond to any of it. Please remember that this is a personal blog that is maintained by someone who lives in and loves Arizona, and who has personal beliefs and opinions about matters such as these. I am not here to debate anyone about the bill, politics, or religion. If this post and any subsequent related posts bother or upset you, you are free to unfollow my blog and move on with your life. (PS - Anonymous messaging will not longer be permitted because of trolls. Thanks to the few for ruining it for the many.)