On July 29, the government of Arizona will enact Senate Bill 1070, also known as Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act. The law addresses immigration control and regulation, which was traditionally a federal responsibility.
This law makes Arizona the first state to require all aliens to carry immigration documents at all times; immigrants who cannot produce proper documents will be charged with a misdemeanor.
Numerous groups from all over the world fiercely oppose this bill; about 20 cities throughout the U.S., universities, professional associations, and civil rights organizations have all approved boycotts as part of an international strategy to defeat it.
Among musicians, Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha has drawn the biggest opposition. Via The Sound Strike, he called upon artists to boycott the state and "take action to defend civil and human rights."
Zack de la Rocha for the Sound Strike
The new list of artists
who have decided to NOT perform in Arizona includes Nine Inch Nails, Chris Rock, Maroon 5, Gogol Bordello, Ben Harper and My Morning Jacket. According to the Sound Strike, "the boycott is the most effective form of non-compliance with a law that threatens the civil and human rights of everyday people living within the state, including the fans of our music, whom we cherish and respect." More artists cansign up here
to join the strike; everyone else can stillsign the petition
andjoin the campaign
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Ozomatli for the Sound Strike