Musicians from the world of rap to rock and Latin music are now calling for a boycott of Arizona due to the new immigration law passed there.
Among them are Chicago-raised Kanye West, hip-hop’s Cypress Hill, Colombian rocker Juanes and Mexican banda Los Tigres del Norte. Leading the boycott is Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine. They are calling the boycott the Soundstrike and you can see a complete list of artists on board here.
“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,” de la Rocha said on the Web site.
“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!”
De la Rocha is right and hopefully more musicians will either sign on or speak out.
Juanes told the New York Times, “I’ve performed in Phoenix many times, and it’s sad that I’m not going
to be able to play there. But from the moment I heard that this bill had
become a reality, I felt offended and also that I had to stand in
peaceful solidarity with our immigrant brothers who are being made the
victims in this.”
From sports to music, business to vacationers, people are calling out Arizona.
Also in Chicago during the Cubs game Saturday afternoon, Ald. George Cardenas is expected to call for the Cubs to move spring training out of Arizona. Cardenas also is the sponsor of a resolution calling for the City of Chicago to boycott Arizona.
It’s time the governor of Arizona wake up and see that her state has more to lose than gain by supporting this law.