Letter to Dan Harkins, Owner of Harkins Theater Regarding Russell Pearceby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on May. 10, 2012, under Independent voter centrist moderate swing vote, Latina matriarch political movement
Dan Harkins, Owner & CEO
Mike Bowers, President & COO
Bryan Laurel, Marketing Director
To Whom It May Concern:
It has come to my attention that anti-Latino and the anti-immigrant ousted former Senator Russell Pearce has been gloating about the boycott against the Phoenix New Times.
The hypocrisy and bigotry of Russell Pearce cannot be ignored and I implore you to disassociate yourselves from the politician many Latinos view as a racist due to his support for restrictionist and protectionist laws regarding SB 1070 and his support for “Operation Wetback.” I have personally confronted Pearce at a political debate/forum, and have asked him not to use such demeaning and derogatory words like “Wetback” but he believes it is a good idea even though I told him this term takes us back to a pre Civil Rights era.
It is my understanding Dan Harkins expanded the theatre chain from five locations in the Phoenix area to the current 30 locations in 5 states – Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and Southern California. 4 of those 5 states have high Latino population – particularly here in the Phoenix area.
Hispanic buying power nationwide today is $1 trillion, larger than the economies of all but 14 countries in the world. (2010 DATOS/Selig/U.S. Census) And according to Latino FOX News: Hispanics represent $40 billion of purchasing power in Arizona, a state where Latinos have been buffeted by the effects of harsh laws targeting undocumented immigrants. (2012 DATOS)
I believe you are aware of how much money Latinos spend in watching movies at the theater in the Phoenix area, and we cannot turn a blind eye to what appears to be your alignment with a known bigot like Pearce.
I personally frequent your theater at the Harkins / Scottsdale 101, however, if your corporation will not disassociate itself from
a known bigot like Pearce, I am afraid I will have to boycott Harkins and spend my money at AMC Theaters. I will also tell my friends to do so in like manner.
I encourage you to treat racist politicians like kryptonite.
DeeDee Garcia Blase