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Fighting back

Rage Against The Machine lead singer Zac de la Rocha has called in heavyweights of the American music scene and activists to join The Sound Strike campaign, which is a boycott of the state of Arizona prompted by their recent passing of racist immigration legislation. Law SB1070, which was recently passed by the state legislature, requires local authorities to determine a person’s immigration status if they are suspected of being undocumented, and names as big as Cypress Hill, Kanye West and documentary maker Michael Moore have signed up in support.

‘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,’ de la Rocha wrote in an open letter announcing the campaign. ‘People who are poor like some of us used to be could be forced to live in a constant state of fear while just doing what they can to find work and survive.

‘This law opens the door for them to be shaked down, or even worse, detained and deported while just trying to travel home from school, from home to work, or when they just roll out with their friends.’

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