Musicians Band Together in Arizona Boycott
Posted on May 28, 2010
Anger against Arizona’s recent spate of anti-immigrant laws, most notably the toxic SB 1070 law legalizing racial profiling, has hit the entertainment industry, as musicians are banding together in a “Sound Strike” to boycott playing shows in the state. —JCL
A group of popular musicians is jumping into the debate over Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, joining a movement to boycott the state in protest of the measure.
Musical acts like Cypress Hill, Kanye West, Sonic Youth, Joe Satriani and others have signed onto the Sound Strike, a commitment to boycott performances in Arizona, organized by Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha.
“Fans of our music, our stories, our films and our words can be pulled over and harassed every day because they are brown or black, or for the way they speak, or for the music they listen to,” de la Rocha wrote in a press release announcing the strike. “We are asking artists the world over to stand with us, and not allow our collective economic power to be used to aid and abet civil and human rights violations that will be caused by Arizona’s odious law.”