To emphasize that point, I've asked a few of the artists who contributed tracks to A Line in the Sand to share their thoughts on the law and what it represents to our music community. Here's what they had to say:

"We wrote this song to protest the idiotic attempt by our state legislators to address what they perceive is the problem of illegal immigration. The law is poorly written, poorly conceived, and reflects the bigoted views of a vocal minority who want to blame other people for the economic problems that have engulfed our state.

"Since Senator Russell Pearce successfully avoided serving in Vietnam, and since he has no combat experience that we could find, we question Pearce's assertion that we are being 'invaded.' It is safe to say that in all the war movies I have seen and in the history classes I am taking, I have never read about or seen a country attacked by poor people fleeing their homeland to find a better life for their family. Usually, they have guns and tanks.

"The people of Arizona should not be subjected to the whims of a sadistic wife-beater [Stephen Lemons, April 6, 2008, Feathered Bastard blog], a sheriff who would not know the Constitution if it fell on him, and a governor, who, in an act of political calculation, tarred our entire state with emblems and thoughts that were only popular with the Third Reich." Jann-Michael Greenburg, Radiorain, singer and guitarist


"This bill is an unfortunate opportunity, one that allows musicians and music lovers alike to choose how they plan to respond to the issue, or if they intend to address it at all. We believe awareness and education of the real issue is important. We cannot be held liable for something that was passed by our state government, although some out-of-state musicians (such as Cypress Hill) have already begun to do so by canceling Arizona dates.

"We have been grouped together as a community of bigots and racists by some, and the vast majority of us do not deserve that label. It is by how we react to this bill that we should be held accountable — not the mere fact that it passed in our state. The need for awareness and a more proactive solution is at hand. We need to see positive, educational support by influential people such as the very artists that cancel their Arizona shows in protest. Musicians who cancel shows in Arizona not only affect the fans, but the venues, the promoters, and the already fragile local music scene.

"These outspoken musicians don't succeed in making a bit of positive difference toward expunging racial discrimination, but do excel in creating a lot of disappointed fans. If we could talk to musicians directly, we would say: Refusing to play Arizona will not cause SB 1070 to be repealed. Use your influential voice to educate both the state of Arizona and this country of what is at stake." Gabe Williams, Joey Arroyo Band, guitarist


"Regardless of what anyone may think about the law, the fact still and will always remain that things like this happen every day. Police brutality happens, racial profiling happens with no regards to any law. Now that we have given Joe Arpaio this anchor, he only has a legal weapon to use against Latinos, but he has been doing this for years anyway.

"I think it's wrong, inhumane; I believe it goes against what Martin Luther King fought so hard for, and it stands against what [is] in the Holy Bible. We are all supposed to love our neighbor.

"I fear for Arizona because this is where I grew up and planned on raising my son, but now states are boycotting Arizona with no intentions of affiliating themselves with the current sanction, which is going to create a greater economic failure. I have hope, but is hope enough to help my people? Latinos don't have the option to riot or even boycott. We are all here looking for a better life for our families, and now most of us are afraid to even go out in the streets. We can't even call the police when we are being treated unjust.

"I'm happy to see the minority community coming together to stand against the bill, but when it's all over, I will always be Mexican from Mexico; my green card doesn't make me any less or any better of a person. I pray for better days, and I will continue to do so. I advise Arpaio to do the same thing because no matter what power the government isn't granting him, he knows he's wrong and God does, too." — Rich Rico, rapper

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Az mom
Az mom

Did anybody even know that Cypress Hill and Belinda Carlisle were coming to AZ. Who cares, nobody will miss them. They probably didn't sell enough tickets anyway. I saw the Go- Go's in concert years ago, it was terrible. Belinda Carlisle seemed old and totally lethargic, it was lame.

If over 60% of Americans support this law, artists and businesses are taking a financial gamble by boycotting Az. I think they should perform on the border, so they can entertain human and drug smugglers as the ILLEGALLY cross the American border. I'm sure they would like to listen to some Cypress Hill as they kill more American farmers and leave severed heads on the side of the road.

PS - to all the artist boycotting AZ for it's immigration laws, I can buy your CD's on the black market in Mexico and at any swap mart , from some guy that brought it in from Mexico, he's got a t- shirt too. Yes, I just saw your CD next to the Tampico.

Will Arlotto
Will Arlotto

"QUIETLY DO SO"

I DO NOT EXPECT ARIZONANS TO CRY OVER THE FACT THAT MY WIFE ANDI HAVE CANCELLED OUR PLANS TO RETIRE THERE. HOWEVER, WHO ARE YOU GOING TO SELL ALL THOSE SUN CITY VISTOSO AND SADDLEBROOKE HOUSES TO? FOR THOSE ARIZONANS WHO NEED TO SELL A HOUSE, STUFF LIKE THISISN'T GOING TO HELP. IT REMINDS PEOPLE OF THAT MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY CRAZINESS AND THAT CRAZY MARICOPA SHERIFF. THEN, THEY SAY WASN'T THERE A GOVERNOR SOME YEARS BACK WHO WAS CRAZY OR WENT CRAZY IN OFFICE? THEY START TO REMEMBER THAT ARIZONA HAS FASCIST SIMPATHIES THAT IT LIKES TO ADVERTIZE TO THE WORLD.

weenie
weenie

YOU SUCKKKKKKKKKKKK MARTIN CIZMAR!

BOO
BOO

Cizmar is a failure. This article blows.

Wizard
Wizard

Can't stand Martin Cizmar. Can't stand Illegal Aliens. Both should be booted from the US.

wonderingalso
wonderingalso

wondering i'm wondering the same thing!! when??? everyone hates him and his lack of writing know-how.

Val
Val

Martin Cizmar sucks... on SO many levels.

wondering
wondering

Will Cizmar be fired some time in the near future?

WendyG
WendyG

Martin Cizmar should be fired. Seriously.

William Foster
William Foster

Completely moronic. I hate the Phoenix New Times.

Classy
Classy

The writer, Martin Cizmar, is an idiot.

Funny
Funny

Cizmar SUXXXXXXXXXX

Scott Craig
Scott Craig

Nice article but the background to Prop 187 passed by California voters is slightly different than the AZ law. CA has been deluged with immigrants legal and illegal from Mexico and Central America since the 1970's. Several things led to this - the ending of the Bracero program in the late 1960's, the enactment of the Immigration Act which eliminated preferences and finally, the amnesty program which made 2.6 million illegals - legal.

Between 1970 and 1980, approximately 2 million Mexican immigrants entered CA, this figure doubled between 1980-1990 and doubled again between 1990-2000. CA immigration, principally from Mexico, increased by an incomprehensible 260 %. This occurred while the economy of the state was in a steady decline AND as illegal aliens (euphemistically sweetened as "undocumented workers") used up state/taxpayer resources and social services. Even today, Mexican born students are nearly 4 of 5 students entering elementary, middle and high school in CA. The income of these "immigrants" - their input into the state coffers - does not approximate what they parasite out the State in terms of services. Therefore Californians responded with Prop 187 and rightfully so. In 1970, 1 out of every Californian was a foreign-born immigrant. Today, a mere 40 years later, 1 out of every 2.5 Californians is an immigrant - and that typically means a Mexican, or within a few percentage points - an Asian immigrant. It is one thing to hear the "poor immigrant" song with Pete Seeger singing Juan Tanamera in the background and all the liberal sweetmeats clapping their pink hands together - it is another to see the real effects of illegal immigration on the culture of CA and Arizona. Illegal immigrants don't think much but if they did and they thought like their "progressive" benefactors they would understand that the infrastructure of wealth and services that they walk into and pick like cherries off the tree were built off the broken fingers and hard labor of other workers - European in origin. The presumptuousness of these illegals and their American cheerleaders is making the extreme right look extremely right (as in correct) on the immigration issue.

Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apso

This is truly sad, and typical I suppose. Just another place for the hate spewing citizens of Arizona to spew more hate: in an article about the unfairness this new law will bring to our beautiful, many faceted state, and what our own Artist community is doing to oppose it. That's right, I said Artist. Perhaps our ways are different than yours and we feel differently about political issues than you do. I guess this is why you attack us in these types of forums, because we do express ourselves, vote, and oppose what We deem un-constitutional. Brought to us by those in power who have been doing this illegally for some time now. This situation is ridiculous and it fills me with dread about the people I see on a daily basis. Is this person I am helping silently hating me for the color of my skin? Are they writing hateful things on internet forums to keep their identities safe from those who would know who they were? Would it compromise their professional integrity? Is this you? Do you who are out there and support this political aberration of a law consider yourself Christians? This isn't about California or the Federal Govt's choice to not send troops; it's about deliberate action. I challenge your beliefs and call you to the carpet. My moniker is that of my band, which is on the compilation. Oh yeah, this whole article is about the "A line in the sand" compilation to oppose the bill. Nobody has even brought this up; you just start spewing that hate. Aren't there plenty of other neo facist news forums for you to populate? We bring a message of Peace. Not Pearce. I feel gross just talking to you. Blech.

ted409
ted409

well i will miss the bands that choose for ignorant un informed world wide unfounded and out right lies about 1070 comments not to come to arizona. pima county is as bad as san francisco or evven worse so, not reporting illegal status to ice until convictedif your willing to live among diseasse infested illegals( tb and chama(which has never been seen in america before and poses problems in treatment because of this)then go ahead i dont want the us to become a breeding ground for these two diseases. denver schools had an epidemic of tb just because of this i just wonder whats next

paul
paul

I love the hand wringing and worry of people not liking us becasue of SB 1070, it seems to be a fate worse than death to a liberal, fear of being not liked by others abroad. Musicians boycotting Arizona because they disagree with a law, OH MY GOD, what will we do! NO Lilith fair, where else will I get my fix of terrible lesbian themed folk music this year. This is much ado about nothing,just more progressive histrionics. The bands will come just like always, because money talks, and liberals love money just as much as anyone and wont turn down huge paydays.

clos
clos

m o r m o n s: we just got started. the rules of the game are IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL SOMEBODY GETS HURT. All you had to do was denounce Pearce and his racist agenda but no turning back. This will not pass - by the time we're done 1070B is what the mormon religion will be remembered for just like MLK holiday and AZ go hand in hand. SUPPORT RUSSELL PEARCE AND THE APOSTLE PAUL (paul or russell did not die for you) OR SUPPORT JESUS CHRIST. GOD IS NOT STUPID - YOU CAN'T JUSTIFY SUPPORTING PEARCE WITH GOD - you have to choose a side with action, not words. EITHER YOU'RE FOR GOD OR YOU'RE FOR RUSSELL PEARCE. More to come (protest at your churches and boycotts of mormon business)

RH
RH

"The law is poorly written, poorly conceived, and reflects the bigoted views of a vocal minority who want to blame other people for the economic problems that have engulfed our state." Stick to the drugs and music bozo, as you know nothing at all about law. The Arizona legislation mirrors FEDERAL LAW. So I guess yor little quote above applies to all those other "Americans" as well?Little wonder entertainment folk are seen as the 'clowns" they truly are. What's a matter , toots. Couldn't get a real job?

NotCIZMAR
NotCIZMAR

Wow! "Progressives"? You mean anti-American socialists! CIZMAR, you're an idiot, and you obviously live on Mars (but you were obviously raised by ignorant Mexicans). Well, I guess the last name was my first clue that you'd be bias towards Hispanics, no matter what logic confronted you.

Also, you quote the New York Times. Are you aware that the single largest owner of TNYT is Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim? Do you honestly believe that you'll find any articles or commentaries that aren't slanted with a pro-Mexico agenda? (Kind of like reading your garbage!)

You might technically be "educated", but your "smarts" are lacking!

ComeonPeople
ComeonPeople

300 illegal immigrants cross the AZ mexico border everyday. They bring drugs, diseases, as well as all of their illegal friends and relatives. I know some of these people are only looking to make a better life for themselves but what about Americans? Americans are paying taxes and the illegals get food stamps on our dime. They get fake IDs, fake passports, and sign up for our social services. Not to mention there is documented evidence of terrorists coming across the border. The border patrol has captured many illegals from Iran, Iraq, Afganistan, and Pakistan. So what are we (Arizona) supposed to do? Just wait for the Fed to give a damn and do something?

Arizona took the problem into their own hands like we should. People will not be pulled over for being brown more than they already are. About half of Phoenix's police force is hispanic and to say they will pull over people that look like illegals is ABSURD! You give cops a gun but heaven forbid you let them ask a question. "Are you here in the country illegally?"

Yolanda
Yolanda

The new law is based solely on discrimination & ignorance. They may argue that "just as any law" this one "may be" subject to discriminatory practices by some hate-officers. Well, it is not a "may be". This law is in itself discriminatory & points fingers to people that are brown. They may also argue that it is to stop drug trafficking. This implies that all brown people are drug trafficking. This is deeply offensive to us and it is the basis for millions of future lawsuits against the state of Arizona. My father crossed illegally to this country back in the 50s, I applaud his decision for a better life. Thanks to his brave decision, this country can count on one more electrician, a math teacher, a civil engineer, a nurse, a paralegal, a computer analyst, a tax consultant, a physicist & nuclear engineer, a clinical psychologist and myself a truck driving traveling the whole country. And all of us have been very good for the entire US economy, no matter what the hateful living people are saying, God is with us always and always will be.

Tea kettle
Tea kettle

This is way weird, but I have to agree with Cizmar here.

I don't know if you people have ever actually gone to an emergency room, applied for unemployment benefits or tried o get benefits for your children, but believe it or not, it is still do-able.

I've worked with my fair share of latino buddies, legal and not, and honestly, most of them were already too scared to go get any of these services before the bill. Now, when leaving work, I hear pats on shoulders and, "Be careful," between friends... from people who are here legally.

I didn't realize it was suddenly okay to make not just one, but several races fear going outside of their houses. Nevermind the law that just passed regarding Arizona Legislation... Do we really need to kick out teachers just because they sound differently?

I agree we have a problem with immigration. There is a right way to do it. 1070 is not it.

pragmatist
pragmatist

I've seen more ACTUAL movement from the COUNTER-boycott movement than the boycott movement. As usual, the younger crowd and the "tastemakers" are those that don't vote and don't follow through. Meanwhile, the older crowd and those that actually vote and follow through on their actions are supporting AZ by sending business, travel and other economic opportunity our way. Above ALL of this stands the abhorrent behavior of people that would intentionally harm their countrymen of legal citizenship. Boycott if you must, but be prepared for a greater push back.

ByteRider
ByteRider

WE need to protect the weakest of our society-- the old and the young.

WE cannot protect the old because illegal immigrant use of emergancy rooms is causing them to shut down.

WE cannot protect the young because too many resources are used on the young from other countries and not on our own.

NOW... I dare you to prove me wrong.

ByteRider
ByteRider

The only people who fear 1070 are those that are violating the law either directly or indirectly through support. Not a single individual in this State, or another, has made a compelling, concise arguement against 1070. In fact, quite the opposite which leads me to think that is why 1070 continues to gain support nationwide.

Everyone keeps saying it's going to "lead to hate". Bullshit. California has had the SAME law on their books (ironic, huh?) for 40 years-- California Penal Code 841B, google it-- and it didn't lead to hate. By the way, it's the same law because both SB1070 and CPC841b are both mirrored from the Federal law.

Deal with it.

Mick
Mick

"People, people....why are we fighting???"

Bobby
Bobby

teddawg, you are a traitor to the US, I hope your wife and duaghter get raped by some dirty mexicans so I can tell you I told you so.

Wise up man, Mexicans are dirty stinken people. They don't deserve to live.

teddawg
teddawg

The difference between the California 187 Bill and the Arizona 1070 is that the California Bill was put to a vote by the people. Oh yeah plus the fact that the individual would already have to be in custody. The Arizona law was not put to a vote for the people to decide. And it is designed to be a tool to be able to pull over people of color. Arizona needs a long look in the mirror and the citizens of Arizona need to overturn the 1070 Bill if you guys ever want your tourist market to go up. I know I will not visit Arizona and I already had a vaction planned to visit Arizona to watch a NFL game and a MLB game while in Arizona. Plus we were planning on staying at the Legacy Golf Resort for a week in a 2 Bedroom Villa. Because of this "Law" we cancelled our trip. We support the "Arizona Ban" and mainly we support humans being treated with respect.

Marketing $ociologist
Marketing $ociologist

It's not that other states haven't done egregious actions, it's the PR Arizona has put behind this billArizona’s tarnished image:What not to do in crisis communications http://tiny.cc/vm094

Reborn Arizona Citizen
Reborn Arizona Citizen

I was driving down the road today when all of a sudden I was cut off by a 62 or 63 Chevy and almost went off the road. When I got my vehicle under control I caught up to the driver that cut me off and I could see he was a Mexican.

It became obvious to me that this Beaner was probably here illegally and was on his way to rape or rob one of us white people and this just made me as mad as hell.

So I am joining forces with the anti immigration movement.

Bobby, where can I join up and get one of those cute little white hoods, or one of those shinny Nazi type helmets you all wear ?

I really, really want to be just like you and hate all them dirty Mexicans.

You are my hero Bobby, is it ok if I call you daddy from now on ?

Bobby
Bobby

So me, Joe Arpaio and Russell Pearce were having lunch the other day and I asked Pearce now that we are getting rid of all the Mexicans in Arizona, who are we going to go after next to rid Arizona of all the scum that continue to ruin our white boy police state ?

Pearce tells me his plan is in the works to pass legislation to get rid of all the Canadians and Jews next, although he stills has to figure how out to tell them a part of the rest of us white boys. Mexicans were easy because of the color of their skin. Canadian’s and Jews are going to be a little harder to tell a part.

So I asked Pearce, why not start with the Chinese or Blacks since they are easy to pick out of the crowd of us white boys.

Pearce agreed and said good idea Bobby, I’ll start drafting that legislation right away since Jan Brewer was eager to sign anything that continued the Arizona ethnic cleansing that is brought to her desk by someone in the Republican party. You just gotta respect Jan for going along with what ever the Republican party wants, she is just such a good bitch lap dog, we couldn’t have asked for a better Governor.

So I looked over at Joe Arpaio and asked when what he thought, and Joe asked me if he had ever told me about his daily shootouts in Turkey or how he busted the French connection in between arresting Elvis Presley…Joe is such a kidder…I just wish he stopped drooling all over himself, but still I sure wish he was my Dad…and I really wish Pearce was my uncle, they are such role models to look up to in my books and we would make the perfect family I could really be proud of.

Hank Hill
Hank Hill

Very well put. I found the following especially eloquent, "Since Senator Russell Pearce successfully avoided serving in Vietnam, and since he has no combat experience that we could find, we question Pearce's assertion that we are being 'invaded.'"

Rko20
Rko20

Good Deal Will! There are too many liberals in Saddlebrooke anyway. That will save me from your rantings in the community hot tub. All that over a law that is already on the federal books?? You must be a moron. California passed a similiar law in the 90's that they don't enforce. Are you from CA??? also the MLK holiday flap had nothing to do with race!! I guess you are too ignorant to know that AZ already had like 4-5 holidays on the calender, some of which are unique to this state, It was about a numbers game!!!! how many holidays are too much!! The lawmakers wanted to put it to a vote of the people.

Smiles03200
Smiles03200

Funny..Ha Ha Ha!!!! maybe you should go...Where should we by your ticket germany...lmao

 
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