In May, Zack de la Rocha rounded up Kanye West, Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst, Tenacious D, Sonic Youth, Serj Tankian and other top artists to protest Arizona’s new immigration legislation for a coalition dubbed The Sound Strike. The group is protesting Arizona’s recent passing of a law that many believe could lead to racial profiling – by urging a boycot of musical performances in the state; acts like Rage Against the Machine and Oberst have also been staging fundraising concerts to rally support for repeal of the new law.
Today, Oberst has thrown additional weight behind the cause by releasing a new song and video titled “Coyote Song.” The haunting video to the stunning ballad shows Oberst walking around a desert under the hot sun – wearing a constricting black suit and tie no less. Check it out below.
In a statement, Oberst further appealed to music fans to join in protesting Arizona’s law: “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.”