Thursday, June 3, 2010

Musicians focus on Arizona immigration law

We’ll look into the immigration debate over Arizona (including today’s meeting between Gov. Jan Brewer and President Obama) in more detail on Friday. For the time being we’re going to take a quick look at musicians who have interjected themselves into the heated discussion.

On one side of the equation an alliance of artists entitled The Sound Strike are against the law and have vowed not to perform in the southwestern state. Started by Rage Against The Machine’s Zack De La Rocha, the group includes such varied musical acts as Kanye West, Massive Attack, and Sonic Youth as well as Latin American musicians like Los Tigres Del Norte, Calle 13, and Café Tacuba. According to the coalition’s website, artists will not tour there until the "odious" bill is repealed.

Though not part of The Sound Strike alliance other Latin American acts have protested the Arizona law include Shakira, Jenni Rivera and Wisin & Yandel.

In a unique position is the likes of Pink Eyes (real name: Damian Abraham), lead singer of Canadian band Fucked Up. In an opinion piece written last April on the Sterogum music blog, he expressed his opposition to the law but argued that a musical boycott is counterproductive. His views were partially shared by Curtis McCrary- booker of Tucson’s Rialto Theatre- who urged Cypress Hill to perform there “as a rebuke to those (who) would attempt to give the force of law to racial disharmony.” (Cypress Hill would ultimately cancel their planned Tucson concert and are currently one of the acts in The Sound Strike group).

Perhaps the most notable musical effort in favor of the Arizonan law comes from comedic singer Ray Stevens whose video for "Come to the USA" has reportedly become a “new viral hit”. The song focuses on illegal immigration and compares immigration laws in the U.S. to countries such as China and Sudan. “(Illegal immigration) scares me, and it’s going to really hurt the fabric of the country,” said Stevens in a recent interview.

Musicians throughout the Americas have given their views on Arizona’s immigration law. Perhaps it may not matter to the political powers that be yet the abovementioned acts could influence public opinion.

Image- CBS News (“A man leaves an upscale shopping mall in front of metal barricades marking the border with Tijuana, Mexico, June 2, 2010 in San Diego.”)
Online Sources- Too many too list!


Vicente Duque said...

How is it possible that an "Illegal Alien" that does not speak English, and is totally ignorant of American Law/Constitution/Customs etc ... steals your job ???

How is it possible that someone that is constantly harassed, stalked and in danger of being jailed for six months steals your job ??

Didn't you study anything ?? ..... Didn't you go to school ??

Don't you have a craft or specialty to make a living ??

How can you be defeated in the Economic Competition by the ignorant that does not speak English ??

How can you be defeated so easily ??

Defeated by someone that you consider as an inferior being, a filthy cretin or something like a lower form of life ??

Isn't that excessive fear, paranoia, lack of self assuredness, lack of self-reliance, lack of initiative ??


A friend says :

"Landscaping, Gardening, Others :"

"Greedy, criminal contractors have hired illegal aliens at lower wages, driving down wages for the whole profession. "

And why is it that Entrepreneurs break the law and nobody fines them ??

And why is there a "North American Free Trade Agreement" without considering labor and its movement ??

If the Arizona Racist Laws apply for two years it will cause a major movement of capital from Arizona to Mexico to produce lettuce, chilis, beans, tomatoes, paprika, pepper, mushrooms, things from gardens and orchards that require a lot of Human Labor.

Because the Arizona Entrepreneurs will lack Labor, or it will become very expensive.

It is a better idea to move the whole agribusiness operation to Mexico or Central America ( NAFTA and CAFTA ) or to Chile and Peru, that also have Free Trade Agreements with the USA.

I know that there are already agribusinesses in Arizona moving to Mexico, to avoid harassment of Labor.

When you are producing money the COLOR of your Laborers is unimportant. What you need is a strong work ethic, seriousness, responsibility, obedience, etc ....

Youth, Minorities, Demography and Politics :

Vicente Duque

Vicente Duque said...

Immigrant beaten and electrocuted to death, being tasered by US Customs and Border Patrol in a detention facility - Kicked on the floor and punched by many agents - Five Children born in America

RTAmerica — June 03, 2010 — Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, an immigrant who died after being tasered by US Customs and Border Patrol during Memorial Day weekend, is now being mourned. A father of five children who were born in the United States, Hernandez was recently deported to Mexico after living in the US for many years. Christian Ramirez says this is an excessive use of force and he is asking that criminal investigation be opened so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

Immigrant beaten and electrocuted to death

RTAmerica — June 03, 2010 — Friends for Anastasio Hernandez Rojas are holding a vigil after he was killed by US Customs and Border Patrol officers beat him and used a taser on him until he died. The officers have said that Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was out of control and they had to use a taser to restrain him. Enrique Morones says that he is outraged over what has occurred to Anastasio Hernandez Rojas who was deported after being caught for a traffic violation.

Innocent immigrant murdered by Border Patrol

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Vicente Duque

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