Rage Against the Machine, Conor Oberst, more boycott Arizona over immigration law

May 26 2010, 3:46 PM EDT By Tim Karan

Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha has enlisted a group of musicians and activists to join The Sound Strike--an open call for artists to boycott the state of Arizona over its recently passed immigration law. We delved into the controversial bill in a feature earlier this week. The group is fighting against the recently passed Arizona law SB-1070 which allows local authorities to question anyone about their legal citizenship. 

Conor Oberst, Kanye West, Cypress Hill and filmmaker Michael Moore areamong those who have signed on to the campaign which already included Rise Against, Sonic Youth, Tenacious D, Massive Attack and more.

De la Rocha wrote in an open letter: "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. 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 work, or when they just roll out with their friends."