by Dan Gibson
Clearly, I've chosen a side on the whole artist boycott of Arizona, but yet, there's enough money and energy behind the Sound Strike to keep going, even as artists seem to be losing enthusiasm for the endeavor. The Sound Strike certainly have the right to continue campaigning to save Arizona by killing culture here, but it would be nice if other organizations gave someone involved in music in Arizona (Curtis McCrary? David Slutes? Charlie Levy?) an opportunity to speak, but no such luck at a panel to be held at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin on Thursday:
The Sound Strike Artist Boycott of Arizona to host a panel discussion at the Internationally renowned South By South West Music and Film Festival
The panel will include several key artists leading the musician boycott of Arizona known as The Sound Strike.
Artists on the panel will feature activists Sal Reza and Leilani Clark, Visual Artist Favianna Rodriguez, Author Jeff Chang, hip-hop artist Immortal Technique, and Mexican Rockero Roco of Maldita Vecindad. Maldita Vecindad recently joined the Sound Strike along with Zepeda Bros label-mates Tungis, Elis Paprika, Allison and Sonidero Mestizo.
Artists and activists will discuss how a nation with fast and vast demographic changes is grappling with these changes and its relation to the growing nativist and racist legislation and hatred. Artists and activists will discuss the Sound Strike and their commitment to working together to raise awareness and opposition to the treatment of immigrants in Arizona. The panel is called, “The Sound Strike, Immigration, and You.” It will be held Thursday at 3:30pm at the Austin Convention Center.
“This panel will be a great opportunity to discuss the spread of hatred and anti-immigrant animosity and legislation. We may disagree on how to fight back, but we need to talk about what is happening and our role as artists in helping to galvanize support for basic human rights and equality,” said Favianna Rodriguez celebrated printmaker and digital artist.
Oh well. If you're in Austin this week and attend the panel, let me know how it goes.