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

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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 Scottsdale's Talking Stick Resort in June of 2010, they earned plaudits from many in the anti-SB 1070 camp for the action.

This is what the act posted to its Web site at the time:

"We support the boycott of Arizona. The new law will inevitably lead to unfair racial profiling and possible abuse of people who just happen to look Latino. As a result, in good conscience, we could not see ourselves performing in Arizona. We regret the inconvenience this may have caused the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort and our fans, but we feel strongly that it is the right thing to do."

What a difference a year makes.Though the Sound Strike continues despite the complaints of some Arizona promoters and music critics, Los Lobos is performing at Tucson's Rialto Theatre this evening, and just played Talking Stick on Cinco de Mayo.

The pro-immigrant human rights organization Coalicion de Derechos Humanos has issued a statement in response, explaining why it will not take up an offer to have a table in the lobby at the Friday night event.

It reads, in part:

"Derechos Humanos was recently invited to join other groups to table in the lobby at the Los Lobos show at the Rialto Theater on May 6th in Tucson.  Our commitment to support the economic strategies being used to demand an end to hate laws like SB1070, HB2281, and recent proposed legislation that attack our communities made this participation impossible. We considered it to be the crossing of the picket line that the boycott represents. Shows like these create an alternative niche for performing acts to court favor with our local grassroots organizations but at the same time diffuse the effect that boycotts and event cancellations have on pushing the issue to end the right-wing attack. It is clear that the boycott continues to have power. The omnibus SB1611 bill was clearly defeated due to the influence of 60 CEOs who were motivated by the economic damage the hate legislation has done to the state. Those same laws are still being re-introduced and we still are in an ongoing vigorous struggle against hate in our communities.

"The recent events at the Tucson Unified School District School Board meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, where school board officials collaborated with the Tucson Police Department to attempt to silence Ethnic Studies supporters, make it clear to the Tucson community that there must be no wavering in our commitment to social justice, and that efforts to support and expand the Arizona boycott must be escalated. It is important that we stand united in an economic strategy toward change in Arizona, since our politicians have closed their eyes and ears to our communities on these issues."

The open letter to the social justice community also mentions the money Sound Strike has donated to various activist groups:

"The Sound Strike has provided much needed support to grassroots organizations such as  Phoenix-based Puente, and Tucson-based Coalición de Derechos Humanos, Save Ethnic Studies, and U.N.I.D.O.S."

The Florence Project, which provides legal services to aliens in federal detention, also has received a sizable donation from Sound Strike.

Sound Strike's Javier Gonzalez told me that there had been discussions with Los Lobos regarding their Arizona appearances, but nothing came of it.

Derechos' Kat Rodriguez explained that Los Lobos and the Rialto were willing to let her group set up a table in the Rialto lobby and sell their own T-shirts, as well as raffle tickets for a guitar to be autographed by the band.

Four groups -- Humane Borders, the Samaritans, No More Deaths, and Border Action Network -- took up the offer, according to Rialto general manager Curtis McCrary. Derechos declined for the reasons stated above.

"Most of the groups participating are our allies," Rodriguez explained. "But we felt a responsibility because we're the group telling people to boycott [Arizona]. So we can't turn around and [have a] table at [a concert for a band] that's not part of the Sound Strike and is not donating any money to local groups other than this raffle."

McCrary sounded stung by Derechos Humanos' statement. He claimed a willingness to work with the Sound Strike, although he remains opposed in general to the boycott itself.

"I don't know what they would have us do," McCrary said after reading Derechos' statement. "Would they have us honor the boycott and not have any shows?"

In this case, it's not up to McCrary to honor the boycott. It's Los Lobos' call, think of it what you will.


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ragin
ragin

dissapointed in los lobos....

Bobby
Bobby

This is actually a brilliant forum. A would recomment every American to visit it regularly and witness for themselves the anti-white, anti-"peoples of European origins" comments. It would wake up millions from their slumbers. I think many of these people are sincere in their hatreds of European Americans. I won't include Mr. Lemons, though he might well be anti-white also. Who knows. But seeing he's got a good gig here, and has to make a living, cez la vie , or whatever it is.

Bobby
Bobby

Come on Mistalee. Damn it, wer'e all waiting to here more of those ORIGINAL AND BRILLIANT LINES LIKE," Sweating like a whore in church". Don't stop now!

courts
courts

As an Arizona resident who does not back SB1070, but feels boycotting the state is not the way to go either, because something needs to be done on immigration policy. I'm just wondering if all the people boycotting Arizona also are boycotting Mexico? Officials there ARE allowed to ask a persons nationality and the punishments are more sesvere than The Az. law would be. So how could you justify boycotting Az. and not Mexico?

Below is part of an article from USA Today:

And Mexico has a law that is no different from Arizona's that empowers local police to check the immigration documents of people suspected of not being in the country legally."There (in the United States), they'll deport you," Hector Vázquez, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, said as he rested in a makeshift camp with other migrants under a highway bridge in Tultitlán. "In Mexico they'll probably let you go, but they'll beat you up and steal everything you've got first."

Bobby
Bobby

Derechos whatever, is another radical,racist, Mexican supremacist organization. Isable Garcia is a racist. There's nothing Humanos about her.

Lindaray64
Lindaray64

You quote Kat as saying, "So we can't turn around and [have a] table at [a concert for a band] that's not part of the Sound Strike and is not donating any money to local groups other than this raffle." If you had an itallics key, I'd highlight that last part, because you make it sound as though she's suggesting that Derechos *might* have participated if there was more money involved than the raffle, ie, perhaps if the band or the Rialto had donated a share of receipts. If she said that, did you ask whether anybody had that conversation with the band or the Rialto? I'd be interested to know if that discussion took place and Derechos was turned down. This could be the single most important aspect of the whole deal, buried in an off-hand comment. I'd be amazed if that discussion happened, but would sure like to know.

Rialtosucks
Rialtosucks

@5628aac03aa3707063509a7ae29f4192:disqus Maroon 5, My Chemical Romance, and Kanye West. Add that major acts with albums skipped the state quitely.

Mistalee
Mistalee

OK, cue the chorus of privileged, snot-nosed little white boys, crying hysterically because while they are down with the movimiento and all that, and while racism and police violence are bad, nothing can be bad enough to justify messing with their indie rock lifestyles.

Guess what, snotnoses - if Soundstrike had no real impact, as you like to claim, you wouldn't be sobbing like heartbroken bitches on this and similar threads.

Bobby
Bobby

I KNOW IT'S HEAR--whatever geniuses

Bobby
Bobby

Then why not back 1070. All the bullshit about it comes from open borders, radical hispanic, chambers of commerce, types. When will Americans stop allowing these kinds of people with their narrow agend? Those agendas put us in danger, destroy are economy and jobs, force us to become nothing more than ATM machines for Mexico's utterly corrupt elites,etc. SB 1070 does absolutely nothing to people who are in Arizona by permission of Americans laws. In other words (LEGALLY!)

Lindaray64
Lindaray64

And *you*, I'm guessing, Bobby, are yet another Phoenician completely clueless about the rest of the state. You don't even know enough about the situation here to be able to spell her name, yet she's a heroine to everyone in Pima County whose human rights have been challenged--all races, all walks of life, but especially the poor and voiceless.

chicagonut
chicagonut

You're racism against white people comes through loud and clear. I feel sorry for you. I am not racist against anyone. This issue is about following our laws to come here legally no matter who you are. We can only take in so many of the world's impoverished without it negatively impacting our own so when our quotas are met for the year you can't come anyway illegally. There is nothing racist about that.

Bobby
Bobby

"snot-nosed little white boys"------another expression of of Mecha type brown superemacist racism aimed at the people that founded this country. Shame on you, you little racist.

Mookie
Mookie

Who says art and culture aren't important? Fuck your racist comments. To conflate the ongoing struggles against Arizona's racist demagogues and for immigrant rights with the accusation that those of us in the music industry are "privileged and snot-nosed and only care about our indie rock lifestyles" is unmitigated bullshit. Are you living a life of deprivation, working every moment for the movement? You're not? Well, quit slacking, you hypocrite, and get back to work. No time for a moment of repose, rather it's rocking out to an excellent band, watching a film, reading a poem or contemplating a painting. Art matters, music matters, and those of us involved in supporting those endeavors matter, too. Yeah, I think you're right: My new response to the Sound Strike is to completely ignore it. Bullies crave attention, and they'll get no more from me.

Mistalee
Mistalee

The bilingually illiterate Mr. Bobby strikes again!

Mistalee
Mistalee

"...open borders, radical hispanic, chambers of commerce types"

Yes, nothing more "open borders" and "radically Hispanic" than your typical Chamber of Commerce.

Oh, wait, the typical Chamber of Commerce is a bunch of rich old white guys representing big business. They're notoriously conservative.

Bobby's just mad because the prez of the Arizona C of C criticized his nazi pal, Russell Pearce's retarded attempt to have the State nullify the 14th amendment to the US Constitution.

No student of history or the law, Bobby doesn't realize that the state is not legally postioned to nullify federal law, or that his racist forefathers tried the same tactic in order to preserve slavery and failed miserably. He should have asked a student in any fifth grade civics class and he could have been told as much.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Thank you for that over the top display of sandbilly illiteracy. Now we know why you are worked up about "illegals" taking "jobs." You're likely sweating like a whore in church over the likelihood that some Mexican immigrant is going to displace you as the night-shift dishwasher at Dennys. You've probably been passed over for promotion already in favor of a Mexican, because unlike you, your competition was at least literate in his own tongue.

Mistalee
Mistalee

You have to excuse Bobby. He was put on Earth to demonstrate the terrible consequences of siblings having unprotected sex.

Bobby
Bobby

All races. Uh ha. That's what Mecha says on it's website. They're concerned about the "Human Rights" of ALL RACES. Of course this was changed after they got called on their orginal racist websites content. The poor and voiceless, that are legallly in the U.S. have many people caring for them, that don't have a racist political agenda like Garcia does.

Mistalee
Mistalee

White people didn't "found" this country, they invaded it!

And by the way, Bobby, while I talk about "snot-nosed little white boys," you actively demonstrate the phenomenon.

chicagonut
chicagonut

"Immigrant" rights? Gee, I wasn't aware that "immigrants" were being denied their rights. Since when it is racist to enforce our immigration laws against illegal aliens?

Bobby
Bobby

Good one! You win, I give up. Your'e too clever for me. Have a nice life in Arizona with your idol Jose Arpaio.

chicagonut
chicagonut

I see, so Bobby is a direct descendant of slave masters? How would you know that unless you are lumping all white people from the numerous countries in Europe with entirely different languages and cultures together? Why would you do that?

chicagonut
chicagonut

If you are an American that is a despicable thing to say. Since when don't Americans have a right to blue collar jobs in their own country over illegal foreigners? When I say Americans I mean Americans of all ethnic groups and races.

Bobby
Bobby

"A whore in church". Ha,haha... You must imagine yourself to be some kind of creative writing genius or something. Come on give us more or these brilliant lines. I'm literate in two tougues you anti-white racist loser.

Bobby
Bobby

Mistalee was put on Earth to demonstrate why humans shouldn't mate with burros.

chicagonut
chicagonut

Why don't you just say that the British and the Spanish invaded it rather than referring to race? There were white people all over Europe who's countries were not involved in any so-called invasion. They came much later and so did Blacks, Asians, etc. It is obvious that you just hate the entire white race no matter when they came here or what country they were from. That makes so sense at all!

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