A musical boycott of Arizona by a growing roster of prominent bands and musicians who are opposed to SB 1070, the strict anti-illegal immigration law set to take effect in the Grand Canyon State next week, is developing into a creative fundraising effort by some of the artists participating.
The veteran activist rap-rockers Rage Against the Machine will play their first Los Angeles show in a decade this Friday at the Hollywood Palladium, with proceeds to benefit two Arizona immigrant rights organizations. This afternoon 89.3 KPCC’s Patt Morrison interviewed lead guitarist Tom Morello, along with United Farm Workers co-founder and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, about the boycott and the show.
A month ago, Ry Cooder released a single, "Quicksand," on iTunes, with proceeds to benefit the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), one of several plaintiffs – among them the federal government – that have filed suit in federal court challenging the Arizona measure. The next hearing in the federal government lawsuit is set for tomorrow in Phoenix.