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    Thu, 27 May 2010 10:31:35

    Rage Against the Machine Boycotting Arizona - Singer founds "The Sound Strike"

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    Rage Against the Machine are leading a boycott of the state of Arizona over the controversial immigration law which allows the police to crack down on possible illegal immigrants through racial profiling methods and to hunt down and target those they suspect of being "undocumented." Singer Zack de la Rocha has just founded "The Sound Strike," a new group which exists to protest the law. Other acts that have signed on to be a part of the group include Cypress Hill, Kanye West, Rise Against, Ozomatli, Sonic Youth, Tenacious D, Serj Tankian and Massive Attack.

    In a statement posted on the site, de la Rocha wrote, "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?!"

    Learn more at thesoundstrike.net.

    What is your take on the Arizona immigration law?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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