May 27th, 2010
03:34 PM ET
Quite a few musicians - as well as a notable filmmaker - have joined Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha in what he calls a “sound strike” of Arizona.
After the state signed into law a bill requiring police to determine the immigration status of individuals suspected of being in the country illegally, some stars came forward voicing their opposition to the legislation.
In a statement, the Rage lead singer encouraged his fellow music artists, as well as music fans, to help “put a stop” to the law.
“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 said. “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.”
The law –- SB 1070 –- takes “racial profiling…to a whole new low,” the singer went on. “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…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.”
Thus far, a variety of music artists have agreed to join the boycott, including Calle 13, Kanye West, Spank Rock, Tenacious D and Sonic Youth. Filmmaker Michael Moore has also taken a stand with the Sound Strike to protest the law.
Earlier this month, Cypress Hill –- another music group that's joined the boycott –- and Pitbull both canceled concerts in Arizona in protest.
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