One of the most outspoken artists against Arizona’s SB1070 is Conor Oberst of the band Bright Eyes. Earlier in the summer he defended his decision to join The Sound Strike, a campaign launched by musicians urging a boycott of musical performances in the state. Now he’s released a new song and video, titled “Coyote Song,” which can be bought from the Sound Strike website. Proceeds go to the Florence Project, a non profit organization that provides free legal help to immigrants in the Arizona detention and deportation system.
Oberst released the following statement along with his new song:
American ideals of democracy and liberty are built on the foundation that all people, regardless of race or country of origin, deserve fair and equal treatment by the government…We’ve all seen the power music has to spread messages of solidarity and hope.
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