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Ah, so this is what they meant by Rise Up… We didn’t think Cypress was down with the Tea Party Gang. The band posted the following statement on their website on Monday night, canceling their Tuscon, Arizona performance to protest the state’s new anti-immigration measures.

In a show of resistance to the criminalization of immigrant communities and in opposition to SB1070, recently signed into Arizona legislation, Cypress Hill has elected to cancel a performance scheduled in Tucson for May 21, 2010. This decision was made in an effort to show support and solidarity with those, undocumented and otherwise, being directly affected by this unconstitutional “law”. Cypress Hill recognizes those living in the struggle for their basic civil rights. Rise Up!

The show would have taken place at the Rialto Theatre. The theater’s owner had this to say in response, in a statement to the Tuscon Sentinel.

“It’s a completely unjust law,” he said. “And one of the worst things about this law is that it’s bad for business.”

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