Strike Out!–All-Star Line Up Refuses Arizona Show & Makes Major Statement

What was expected to set off as a sell-out mega performance in Arizona, unfolded into a serious statement of protest in support of Immigrant Rights in the current battle-stricken state. State officials have debated whether it was more significant to properly address and reconcile the immigration issue or continue to push toward boosting the national rapport between Arizona and A-List artists through continuing an abundance of music festivals and events that attract much attention and revenue to the desert state.

Sound Strike, the public boycottt of shows in Arizona, was initiated by Rage Against the Machine Vocalist Zach de la Rocha–following a hand-written letter the lead singer penned in protest, stating the immigration laws in the state ” legalizes and sanctions racial profiling”. As the fire spread, superstars such as Kanye West, Sonic Youth, Cypress Hill, Massive Attack, and Joe Satriani have jumped aboard in petition.

De la Rocha wrote, “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”. This genuine concern and immediate action even gathered the partnership of award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore (Sicko, Farenheit 911).

In the spirit of Rosa Parks, the singer stated, “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!” As the dilemna in Arizona is deep rooted in the violation of and protection of civil rights, De la Rocha makes a credible statement and sheds bright light on the dehumanizing events taking place. This movement is one of a series of similar protests targeting this issue and more are sure to come as long as the problem persists.

It’s important to use your power to BUILD–not DESTROY.

— @allthingsmitch

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