Tag: Shakira

HeadCount Human Rights Issue Update: Immigration Law

By now, you’ve probably heard about the controversial new immigration law that will take effect in Arizona on July 28. The legislation, known officially as the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act or Senate Bill 1070, gives local police the ability to demand a person’s identification and detain that person if they believe there is reasonable suspicion…

Posted in Human Rights, Issue Updates

Shakira Speaks Out Against Arizona Immigration Law

Yesterday, Latin American pop star Shakira met with residents and press in Phoenix, Arizona to denounce Arizona’s new immigration law that will authorize law enforcement officers to stop suspected illegal immigrants and demand proof of citizenship. She says: “I don’t want to see this law tarnish what this country stands for. We cannot let fear and injustice…

Posted in Human Rights, Music and Activism

Mercedes Sosa 1935-2009

In 1979, Mercedes Sosa was arrested onstage and subsequently deported by Jorge Videla’s military junta. She was that kind of folksinger, an avowed Communist and a star of the “nueva canción” (new song) movement of politicized folk music that developed in Latin America during the 1950s and ’60s. Dubbed La Negra due to her dark…