Rage Against the Machine Reunite to Boycott Arizona

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It’s been almost 10 years since Rage Against the Machine disbanded, silencing one of the most political hard rock groups ever to step on stage. But that doesn't mean that vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk are averse to reuniting for a good cause.

RATM will play a benefit show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles this Friday, July 23, to rage against Arizona’s controversial new immigration law SB 1070. Set to go into effect on July 29, the new laws gives police the power to detain and demand papers from anyone suspected of being in this country illegally.

The concert was organized by The Sound Strike, de la Rocha’s effort to get musicians to boycott Arizona by removing the state from their tour schedule. So far a long list of artists have heeded the call: Cypress Hill, Juanes, Los Tigres Del Norte, Calle 13, Ozomatli and Pitbull are among them.

The performance on Friday also features Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame. Funds raised are expected to exceed $300,000 and will go to community organizations fighting the good fight on the ground like Puente Arizona and The Florence Project, which offers free legal services to immigrants detained in Arizona. If you’re in L.A., you may want to do your part.

Here’s Zack de la Rocha talking about the law:

Zack De La Rocha for The Sound Strike from Producciones Cimarrón on Vimeo.

 For more on SB 1070, Arizona, the latest on the immigration crisis and tips on how you can get involved in the debate, visit Latina.com's Call to Action page here.

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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