Ask Kanye West to Denounce Racist Law in Alabama
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Kanye West
Vice President of Media & Artist Relations, Island Def Jam Music Group
Gabriel Tesoriero

Ask Kanye West to Denounce Racist Law in Alabama

    1. William Anderson
    2. Petition by

      William Anderson

      Birmingham, AL

Update [10/27]: It looks like Kanye just left Birmingham, but he can still make a public statement about what's happening here! For example, he could tweet a solidarity message as he goes on stage. Please sign the petition to help end the celebrity silence on Alabama.

As a long-time hip hop fan and student in Alabama, I am asking Kanye West to meet with civil rights organizers on the ground here in Birmingham while he is in town this month, preparing to launch his world tour with Jay-Z.

Alabama just passed a heinous immigration law (HB56) that makes children afraid to go to school, criminalizes aiding or helping undocumented immigrants, and even legalizes racial profiling. This law is an attack on the state's citizens, documented and undocumented -- white, black, brown, and otherwise. It has taken Alabama backward, to an era that civil rights leaders have fought hard to overcome. It is a dire situation that affects people of all colors, classes, and statuses, as our state is already being crippled economically by the exodus of the migrant population.

In the spirit of social justice and hip hop, please help us get the message to a world-renowned artist that we need help in this fight. Kanye West has spoken out publicly about issues of racial and economic justice before, and earlier this month he even showed up at Occupy Wall Street. Getting Kanye to speak out while he's in Birmingham would have a dramatic impact on letting folks around the country see what is wrong with extreme immigration policy like Alabama's.

Sign the petition asking Kanye to meet with Alabama civil rights leaders while he's in Birmingham this month-- and make a public statement about what is happening in Alabama.

Recent signatures


    1. Huffington Post: Kanye West Silent On Controversial Immigration Law

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      "William Anderson, a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, started a petition asking West to denounce HB 56, the state's law that has initiated a nationwide debate and is the strictest immigration legislation of any similar laws passed in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia."

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. William speaks out -- watch it

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      William's new video explains why he's asking Kanye to speak out about Alabama's extreme immigration law. Check it out & spread the word!

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Wow! 750 fans ask Kanye to speak out- let's make it 1,000

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      Amazing to see hundreds of fans joining Alabama student William Anderson to ask Kanye to speak out for civil rights while he's in Alabama. William's already recruited 750 supporters in just a few days -- please share the campaign on Facebook and Twitter to keep the momentum going!

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Will Kanye West Speak out Against Alabama's Racist Law?

      Rachel LaBruyere
      Petition Organizer

      Alabama's communities are already suffering the ill-effects of the state's new immigration law - the harshest in the nation. Crops are rotting in the fields without workers to pick them. Schools are reporting record absences as children are kept...

    8. Reached 50 signatures


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