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

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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 community, but not necessarily for people interested in using Arizona's obvious troubles to make a larger political point.

Moreover, the musical boycott of the state has faced several high-profile defections in recent weeks. Though organizers were apparently able to bully guyliner-wearing pop-punk band My Chemical Romance into backing out of their Arizona show a few months back, they haven't had such luck with Steve Earle and Los Tigres del Norte.

Earle, a country-rock singer-songwriter with a strong activist streak, is listed on The Sound Strike's artist roster but has a gig scheduled at Tucson's Rialto Theatre on July 4.

Los Tigres del Norte, a Mexican-bred norteño combo, is also listed as boycotting although they have a show scheduled in Tucson on April 24.

How is Sound Strike organizer Javier Gonzalez, the man who bragged that "haters got schooled" after a group of polite Arizonans begged him to end the boycott and pitch in to help the state during a recent forum, taking this? Not well, it seems.

As the walls close in and the boycott looks more and more ridiculous -- bigoted California voters passed an "eerily similar" law that met the exact same fate, thankfully killed by courts before it could do any damage to that state's migrant community -- organizers are clawing to maintain relevance.

And they're willing to hide facts to do it.

Witness what happened to Dan Gibson. Gibson is Tucson Weekly's web producer (he also writes a bit for us) and so he shared the news about the upcoming Steve Earle concert on The Sound Strike's Facebok page. He was both friendly and professional but the comment was deleted and he was subsequently banned from posting on Sound Strike's Facebook. Having heard this, I left a comment asking why he was banned for sharing information and was myself banned. When I tweeted this, another local man also asked why we were both banned and was himself banned.

That's right: The Sound Strike will ban you just for asking why a journalist was banned for pointing out their propaganda is inaccurate because the boycott roster includes artists who are playing concerts in the state.

Calls and e-mails to the organization have, of course, not been returned. Like Conor Oberst, they continue to duck interview requests from people who will ask them tough questions.

Is it high-time any reasonable people associated with this organization to sever ties?

When someone needs to hide facts and censor opposition should they maybe reconsider the righteousness of their cause?

Is there a better time to end this thing than now?

Don't ask Sound Strike -- they'll block your ass.

In the meantime, there are plenty of groups opposing the boycott on Facebook, so feel free to share there.

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21 comments
Bribri
Bribri

The Sound Strike are hypocrites.  They boycott is ineffective and the spokesperson makes statements like "F*&K AZ!" in addition to making presumptions about white people.  Not too cool.  Read about The Sound Strike here: http://thesoundstrike.tumblr.c...

Billh
Billh

I've had a back and forth going with Javier for a while now. He actually told me that I should "stop instigating" at one point just for pointing out a joke he had made about the AZ shootings. We were able to come to a more civil way of communicating after a while but the instinct seems to be to silence critics. When I heard about the SXSW panel I was *thrilled* and very eager to attend but was ignored in my requests to do so. I even invited homeboy out to lunch as I am all about understanding one another's viewpoints and keeping things civil. Unfortunately, I received no response. Perhaps he prefers his critics to be extreme and racist, neither of which would describe me. Our convo is an interesting read and there won't be many more like it now that the settings have been changed to prevent people from starting a dialogue on their wall: http://www.facebook.com/thesou...

I wonder what someone level-headed like Trent Reznor would think about the fact that he is being represented in such a way.

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Sylotw
Sylotw

Looking forward to seeing Steve Earle ... Somewhere else!

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Chicharron
Chicharron

Im not sure I follow this... are you for or against SB1070 and the other bills like ethnic studies ban or even arpaio's antics? Before i open my mouth.

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

Against those laws but also against a bunch of indie bands with progressive fans boycotting the state when what they need to do is activate young people here to vote. Russell Piece only won by like 5k votes -- there are more than enough young liberal people in his district to flip that AND you can vote by mail in Arizona so there is no excuse whatsoever!

Chicharron
Chicharron

Ow. I wish Calle 13 would come. Their album this year is a classic. But i respect what they are doing. The tigres show should be cool I am glad they are doing it for free. Last time they charged. But ther music is pretty old

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Schadenfriend
Schadenfriend

Playing Tucson is not the same as playing Arizona.

Jordan Green
Jordan Green

Neither is playing Phoenix or Flagstaff or Tempe, I suppose. Well said.

Marianne
Marianne

It's about time Sound Strike realizes that their tactics do little to actually inform or politically organize the people of Arizona. There are far more effective ways to help.

turnthisthinup
turnthisthinup

ha! this is awesome. i'm going to go ask why all three of you were banned, just to get banned too!

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