Southern Poverty Law Center Launches ‘Immigrant Songs’ Campaign: Listen


The Southern Poverty Law Center has launched a marketing campaign to supply authorized info and to “shield and advance immigrant rights” via track.

“El Corrido de David y Goliat,” by Flor de Toloache, is the primary single launched as a part of the SPLC’s Immigrant Songs marketing campaign.  It is out right now on Chulo Records.

“We do plenty of group training speaking to immigrants and giving individuals recommendation about learn how to shield themselves in these tough occasions,” Mary Bauer, the SPLC’s deputy authorized director for immigration points, tells Billboard. “It's difficult to do this and to succeed in giant numbers of individuals. A corrido is the proper option to get that phrase out.”

The Spanish lyrics of “El Corrido de David y Goliat,” which shall be launched on digital companies and shipped to radio stations and information media right now (Feb. 22), narrate the story of “a gringo referred to as Goliat O’Conner,” an immigration enforcement officer who was “so abusive catching allegedly illegals that truly weren’t.” When Goliat and his troops arrive in a Latino neighborhood on a raid, telling individuals to return out of their homes to be processed for deportation, one immigrant, named David, “was conscious of the regulation so he didn’t go outdoors."

“Keeping calm they signed no papers,” the corrido continues. “They didn’t reply questions although they have been threatened.”

The track has a contented ending for the immigrants: “They have been all launched, the arrest was unlawful. Lawyers helped him and the method was stopped. David knew the legal guidelines and Goliat was fired.”

Bauer calls the track “an unimaginable collaboration” between the SPLC and Grammy-winners Flor de Toloache, an all-woman mariachi band. She provides second track, by a nonetheless unidentified artist, will quickly be launched as a part of the marketing campaign. Radio distribution for the songs will goal areas with excessive immigrant populations.

“These are tales about what immigrants must know, significantly on this atmosphere with immigrants defending themselves from ICE and from unscrupulous employers,” Bauer provides. “I personally am not able to placing collectively a track; we [at SPLC] are very a lot legal professionals. To have our authorized recommendation put collectively into such a compelling and exquisite manner is magical and highly effective.”