Rage Against the Machine to plug Arizona boycott

Rage Against the Machine will push for artists and musicians to boycott Arizona because of its new and restrictive immigration law.

The politically outspoken rap-rock band's lead singer, Zach de la Rocha, plans to announce Wednesday that proceeds from a concert in Los Angeles on Friday will go to organizations fighting against Arizona's law.

De la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, singer-songwriter Conor Oberst and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta will also throw their support behind Sound Strike, an artists' boycott of Arizona.

The Arizona law is an affront to justice and righteousness, and as supporters of human rights the Los Angeles-based band feels it's necessary to combat such injustices, Morello told Patt Morrison today.

"It's seems like soft-core apartheid," Morello said. "It's a law that makes an entire race of people suspects first and people second."

Morello said he supports of immigration reform that intelligently deals with the issues in a manner that respects human rights.

Norteno superstars Los Tigres del Norte, Colombian rock singer Juanes, salsa-ska band Ozomatli and Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Calle 13 have signed on, along with veteran alternative rockers Sonic Youth, rapper Kanye West and the English electronica collaborative Massive Attack.

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