Stop the music! A host of artists from all genres has called for a boycott of Arizona over that state's punitive and controversial immigration law. Pitbull (who announced several weeks ago that he was canceling an Arizona stop on his U.S. tour), Juanes, Kanye West, Sonic Youth, Calle 13, Massive Attack, Cypress Hill, Conor Oberst, Los Tigres del Norte and more have said they won't play Arizona. They've also asked music fans to protest the law in Arizona and copycat legislation that's spreading like a slimy virus to other states. They're calling it the Sound Strike and urging people to sign a petition against SB1070.
(For information on SB1070 imitators popping up around the country, check out Voto Latino, a non profit which harnesses pop stars and new media to get young Latinos to register to vote, answer the census, and otherwise make themselves heard and counted).
Here's a list of the courageous artists who have taken a stand for civil and human rights in this collective decision to boycott Arizona:
Los Tigres del Norte
Rage Against the Machine
One Day as a Lion
Street Sweeper Social Club
We are asking artists the world over to stand with us, and not allow our collective economic power to be used to aid and abet civil and human rights violations that will be caused by Arizona’s odious law.