Would you like to see fewer (possible no) concerts played in the state of Arizona until SB 1070 has been repealed by a state legislature more interested in getting a gun into the hands of every man woman and child and making Obama hop through hoops to get his name on the 2012 ballot? The Sound Strike has been fighting that fight for damn near a year now.
Yes, the stupidest parts of SB 1070 were blocked by a court, which is why the state legislature is coming up with more ways to enforce their crazy on the masses. But the boycott is far from off.
Today, The Sound Strike -- the original and official boycott of Arizona, if you're a band that's going to boycott Arizona you should go through them -- announces a "New improved Web page" featuring blogs and videos.
The old site was mostly black and white and pretty lo-fi. The new one brings in red, yellow and gray, has a picture of some adorable little girls we are to presume may be deported as a result of the ridiculous law and videos of artists explaining their decision.
Conor Oberst's video is here.
"I've played a lot of shows in Arizona and I have fans there and I hope they don't feel like they think we're attempting to punish them because that's not what it's about," he says.
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There are also blogs and an "Arizona 101" history section which has one header that questions the legitimacy of the Gadsden purchase ("USA Steals Arizona from Mexico: After the 1848 United States war with Mexico the US stole the northern part of Arizona from Mexico and later 'bought' the remainder of current Arizona...") and offers this analysis of the events leading up to Arizona's statehood:
"Arizona fights to become a State to preserve Slavery: During the Civil war the South (Confederate) added what it called the "The Territory of Arizona" to fight to preserve slavery. After the Civil War Arizona attempted to become a state in 1891 but was rejected by Congress until Arizona could prove its willingness to suppress its ethnic cultural diversity. Finally in 1912 Arizona enter the union."
Also, the Japanese internment camps put here by the federal government are mentioned.
We'll try to have emails out to the boycotters -- including Kanye West, M.I.A., My Chemical Romance, Trent Reznor, Ben Harper, Gogol Bordello, Conor Oberst, and Sonic Youth -- asking their opinion on the Gadsden purchase by the end of the day.