Latin Artists Join the Sound Strike in Protest of New Arizona Laws

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Los Tigres del Norte, Juanes, Calle 13, Café Tacuba, Cypress Hill and Ozomatli are just some of the growing number of Latino musicians boycotting Arizona in protest of the state’s controversial immigration law (SB 1070). The new law goes into effect on July 31st of this year and requires police officers to stop anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally. The Sound Strike, as this collective effort is called, was organized by Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha who explained in a statement, “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.” The response has been one of overwhelming solidarity.

Ozomatli singer/guitarist Raul Pacheco took a break to talk to while the multi-culti band is on tour in China and he had this to say about the boycott and SB 1070:

“We are all offered many choices everyday.  Today we are offered the choice to support Arizona's SB1070 or stand against it. Ozomatli chooses to wholeheartedly stand with humanity and against SB1070. We stand with a humanity that includes the right of all people to fight for their own lives survival.  The history of the people of this world, with all its numerous resources, has been one that often does not support the many that simply want a better life. What choice do you make today? Ozomatli chooses to support the right of all to stand for their own dignity. Therefore we are wholeheartedly against SB1070.”

For more on SB 1070, Arizona, the latest on the immigration crisis and tips on how you can get involved in the debate, visit's Call to Action page here.

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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