Sunday, July 18, 2010

Musicians Call for Boycott of Arizona

Musicians Call for Boycott of Arizona

Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, Kanye West, Sonic Youth, Massive Attack, Ozomatli, and Los Tigres del Norte are just a handful of the bands who have announced a boycott of the state of Arizona, in protest of their new anti-immigration law SB 1070. They explain their reasons at the new website

“If you haven’t heard, the Arizona state legislature passed a bill (SB 1070) that was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer that legalizes and sanctions racial profiling. Straight up…

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. People who are poor like some of us used to be could be forced to live in a constant state of fear while just doing what they can to find work and survive. This law opens the door for them to be shaked down, or even worse, detained and deported while just trying to travel home from school, from home to work, or when they just roll out with their friends…

When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, they arrested her. As a result, people got together and said we are not going to ride the bus until they change the law. It was this courageous action that sparked the Montgomery bus boycott. What if we got together, signed a collective letter saying, “we’re not going to ride the bus”, saying we are not going to comply. We are not going to play in Arizona. We are going to boycott Arizona!”

The website urges other like-minded bands to join the boycott and for everyone to sign a petition opposing SB 1070.

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