June 1, 2010 14:26

Rage Against The Machine, Kanye West, Sonic Youth form alliance to boycott Arizona

Acts unhappy at the US state's controversial new immigration law

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine singer Zack de la Rocha has launched a new protest group opposing the state of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

The star and other acts including Sonic Youth, Massive Attack, Kanye West and Serj Tankian say they will not play any gigs in the state until the bill, called SB 1070, is amended.

The bill allows police in Arizona to challenge anybody they suspect of being an illegal immigrant to prove their status officially. Failure to do so will result in arrest.

Named The Sound Strike, the protest group has a petition set up at Thesoundstrike.net.

Writing in on the site, de la Rocha outlined his reasons for forming the group.

"Some of us grew up dealing with racial profiling, but this law (SB 1070) takes it to a whole new low," he wrote. "If other states follow the direction of the Arizona government, we could be headed towards a pre-civil rights era reality. This unjust law was set into motion by the same Arizona government that refused to acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr day as a national holiday."

The list of acts who have signed up to support the group already are:

Cypress Hill
Juanes
Conor Oberst
Los Tigres del Norte
Rage Against The Machine
Cafe Tacvba
Micheal Moore
Kanye West
Calle 13
Joe Satriani
Serj Tankian
Rise Against
Ozomatli
Sabertooth Tiger
Massive Attack
One Day as a Lion
Street Sweeper Social Club
Spank Rock
Sonic Youth
Tenacious D


Rage Against The Machine are currently gearing up to play London's Finsbury Park this Sunday (June 6), to celebrate them beating 'The X Factor''s Joe McElderry to the Number One position in the UK singles chart last Christmas.

Read More On This Artist

Rage Against The Machine Merchandise
More News
Robert Plant says he is 'disappointed and baffled' by Jimmy Page in ongoing Led...
Lily Allen is no longer working on 'Bridget Jones' musical
Damon Albarn reveals new musical will be based on a 'very beloved kids' book'
Damon Albarn to play London's Royal Albert Hall in November
R Kelly dropped as headliner at US festival following complaints over previous conduct
The Co-op to return to playing chart music following staff complaints
Jack White throws first pitch at Detroit Tigers game – watch
Damon Albarn's contribution to 'Lucy' soundtrack revealed – hear 'Sister...
Primus preparing to release 'Willy Wonka' tribute album
BBC Introducing Stage line-up announced for upcoming Reading and Leeds festivals
TV On The Radio announce new album 'Seeds'
Two more Led Zeppelin albums to be remastered and reissued
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett release duet ahead of new collaboration album
Timbaland confirms work on new 'game changer' single with Missy Elliott
Beck walks with his past self and the Grim Reaper in video for 'Heart Is A Drum'
Mitch Winehouse to release new Amy Winehouse charity album
Metallica's Lars Ulrich tips AC/DC for next year's Glastonbury
Blink-182's Tom Delonge selling setlist from band's first ever gig
Damon Albarn: 'New Blur album may just be one of those records that never comes out'
BBC Radio 1 deny claims that La Roux was excluded from playlist for being 'too old'
Confusion surrounds Lil Wayne's involvement with Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo
One Direction's Zayn Malik gets death threats after #FreePalestine tweet

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today