Illegal Immigrants aren’t the only folks who may think twice about entering the Grand Canyon State. Just ask Maroon 5 lead vocalist, Adam Levine.
“The Sound Strike” is out with another press release drawing attention to the growing list of artists signing on to boycott Arizona in response to the passage of SB 1070.
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From the press release:
“The legalization of racial profiling within Arizona has drawn fierce opposition from people all over the world. Over 20 cities throughout the U.S., along with universities, professional associations, and civil rights organizations have all approved boycotts as part of an international strategy to defeat this unjust law. It is in the spirit of these popular actions that the Sound Strike is proud to announce the newest list of artists who are taking action to defend civil and human rights.”
Included on the list are Nine Inch Nails, comedian Chris Rock, Maroon 5, My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper, Ry Cooder, Pitbull, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Anti-Flag and Throwing Muses.
The initial list was released in May, and included Conor Oberst, Kanye West, Rage Against the Machine, Rise Against, Cypress Hill, Serj Tankian, Joe Satriani, Sonic Youth, Tenacious D, Street Sweeper Social Club and Michael Moore.
The release goes on to read, “For musicians and artists, the choice to boycott is not a simple one. But the reality has become clear that to perform in Arizona, with this divisive and unjust law on the books, is no longer a neutral act. It is Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona state legislature that has created the climate under which the normal commercial interaction between fans and artists can be converted into the means to apply racist legislation like SB 1070. For artists of The Sound Strike, the boycott is the most effective form of non-compliance with a law that threatens the civil and human rights of everyday people living within the state, including the fans of our music, whom we cherish and respect.”
SB 1070 states that an officer engaged in a lawful stop, detention or arrest shall, when practicable, ask about a person’s legal status when reasonable suspicion exists that the person is in the U.S. illegally.
Other artists speaking out against the law include Belinda Carlisle, Shakira, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana and Jenny Lewis.