Javier Gonzalez

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Five Sound Strike Bands We'd Like to See Perform in Arizona

    Last week, punk band Rise Against ended their boycott of Arizona by announcing two high-profile shows. That isn't to say that The Sound Strike , the boycott organized by rockers like Zack de la Rocha to impact the state in the wake of SB 1070 is over, but it's shifting it's focus away from boycottin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Rise Against Ends Boycott of Arizona; Sound Strike Changes Focus

    We're not going to come out and say that the Sound Strike -- the commercial boycott of Arizona by a group of bands, musicians, and artists launched in May, 2010 -- is over, but we're not not saying that the Sound Strike is over. Chicago punk band Rise Against, one of the Sound Strike's marquee nam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2011

    SB 1070 Boycott Over? NCLR Says, "Yes," Sal Reza Says, "Hell, No!"

    irregulartimes.comBoycott over? Depends whom you ask. Sand Land's nativism, however, persists.Friday evening, I received the letter below signed by Janet Murguria of the National Council of La Raza, essentially declaring that the boycott of Arizona over Senate Bill 1070 is finito.Granted, the letter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Sound Strike: The Worst Way to Show Opposition to SB 1070

    Wikimedia CommonsSound Strike founder Zack de la Rocha​Sound Strike, the movement in which musicians boycott Arizona as a statement of opposition to the state's anti-illegal immigrant law, SB 1070, is still going strong. As we reported in recent months, acts like Maroon 5 and My Chemical Roma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Los Lobos in Tucson: Derechos Humanos Refuses To Cross Sound Strike "Picket Line"

    Drew Reynolds Strikebreakers, rockers, or both? Los Lobos was never officially part of the Sound Strike, the musicians' boycott of Arizona over Senate Bill 1070, Sand Land's notorious breathing-while-brown law. But when the old-school Chicano rock band announced the cancellation of a gig at&n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Tucson's Rebellion Over Ethnic Studies Continues Today

    Ethnic studies student Angelica Penaran takes a TUSD board member to the woodshedThe fight against the effort to slowly kill the Tucson Unified School District's embattled Mexican-American ethnic studies program continues today with a TUSD board of governor's meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Jan Brewer's Senate Bill 1070 Nightmare: One Year Later

    The Obama administration on blast and the 1070 boycott rolls on, one year laterBehold this first ever video collaboration between Phoenix videographer Dennis Gilman and New Times, documenting Saturday's anti-Senate Bill 1070 march to the Arizona state Capitol.In the above video, Gilman captures some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Sound Strike Responds To One-Sided Article

    Zack's been coming to AZ long before 1070 was an issueWhen I read the recent article "How a boycott meant to save Arizona is hurting it," I wondered to myself how its author, a woman by the name of Drew Grant, ended up writing such an insipid, one-sided piece about the Sound Strike, a piec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Zack de la Rocha, Sound Strike, and Puente's April 23 Anti-SB 1070March

    VotoLatino is sponsoring a talk with Javier Gonzalez of Sound Strike on Twitter today at 4 p.m. Pacific TimeThere continues to be a lot of kvetching from the local music "scene" here in Sand Land about Sound Strike, the ongoing boycott of Arizona by numerous acts over Senate Bill 1070.But like it or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Steve Earle Caves to Sound Strike Pressure, "Postpones" Tucson Show

    ​Score one for Zack de la Rocha, Javier Gonzalez and the Sound Strike.Steve Earle has bowed to intense pressure from organizers of a boycott of Arizona related to an immigration law that will never take effect, postponing his upcoming Arizona show indefinitely.In a statement, Earle says he was "un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    The Sound Strike Suffers Major Defections, Blocks Journalists from Facebook Page

    ​The Sound Strike has hit a rough patch.Yesterday, a federal appeals court again blocked SB 1070, which you can read all about on our Feathered Bastard blog, meaning the extremist Arizona immigration law will likely never take effect. That's great news for people who support the state's migrant co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    The Sound Strike's Spin on Their SXSW Panel, Old 97's and More from SXSW

    The Sound StrikeArizona activist Leilani Clark, Sound Strike organizer Javier Gonzalez and rapper Immortal Technique pose after The Sound Strike panel at SXSW.​A day ago, I told you what happened at the panel discussion The Sound Strike hosted at South By Southwest. The group, which is organizing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    My Chemical Romance Re-Boycotting Arizona? WTF?

    ​My Chemical Romance may be re-boycotting Arizona over SB 1070. Yesterday we pointed out that the band had formerly joined The Sound Strike during the height of the outrage over our state's crazy immigration law, SB 1070. Then they announced a date at Tempe's Marquee Theatre (without any comment) ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010


    How Phoenix's Smokus Pocus Accidentally Joined the Sound Strike Boycott

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    August 12, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Soundstrike Remains In Effect Though the Courts Blocked SB 1070

    ​Phoenix music fans hoping for a little relief from The Soundstrike in the wake of Judge Susan Bolton's decision to issue a temporary injunction blocking parts of the law are going to be disappointed.The boycott is still on, says group representative Javier Gonzalez.From a statement released by th ... More >>