Rage Against the Machine Zack de la Rocha, organizer through his group Sound Strike of a concert in opposition to Arizona's controversial immigration law, gave a press conference today to explain the reasons behind the upcoming show.

The Informer, LA Weekly's news blog, sent reporter Steve La to cover the press conference. Here are some highlights from his report:

After a 10 year hiatus, Rage Against the Machine announced their return to L.A. They'll headline a benefit concert Friday at 7:30 at the Hollywood Palladium to raise money for organizations fighting Arizona's immigration law SB 1070. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band as well as Los Jornaleros Del Norte, a band made up of day laborers, will also perform.

“This is not a Latino or immigration issue,” said Zack de la Rocha, lead vocalist for Rage Against the Machine, at a press conference this morning. “This is a battle for basic human dignity”

The concert was organized by the Sound Strike, a group of artists and musicians boycotting Arizona's new law. The coalition includes Cypress Hill, Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West and Ozomatli.

“We are here to rock this mother to the ground,” said Tom Morello, lead guitarist for Rage, referring to the upcoming show. “We are here to give notice that we will not let this law stand.”

For more on the press conference, check out The Informer.

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