Aloe Blacc’s Beautiful New Video Tackles Immigration Reform

Aloe Blacc is an artist with something to say.

His latest video features an acoustic version of the song “Wake Me”.  His vocals are at the heart of Avicii’s electronic version which has been wildly and internationally successful this year.

While the original video features a pair of outcast sisters living in a rural town who ultimately relocate to New York City where they find like-minded companions at a concert– Blacc’s version has a more political bent.

In the build up for the video Blacc tweeted:

Sure enough- the video depicts an immigrant family’s failed attempt to cross the border complete with a police officer confiscating a baby only to find himself face to face with the Dream Activist she grew up to be years later.  The song is hauntingly beautiful. The video’s focused on revealing the humanity behind the “immigration debate” as well as the crass terms that often get tossed around as a substitute for political discourse.  There are no “illegals” or stereotypes in this video.  Just people.

As they go through their struggles the 34 year old artists croons “All this time I was finding myself and I didn’t know that I was lost” and it just make sense. I’m not sure what I even mean by that but it does.  We’re all just people getting lost and found and lost again in a search for some sense of belonging. If you can relate to the words of this wildly successful song that’s on the radio all the time- then it’s not that much of a stretch to imagine relating to that family trying to cross the border.

The video, directed by Alex Rivera, ends by noting that several of the actors in the video are themselves actually causalities of our broken immigration policy.

Head over to Wendy Carillo’s- the host of KPRW Los Angeles, Power 106 – blog for more background on their stories.

Blacc’s seen previous success with songs like “I Need a Dollar” which was featured in the opening credits of the HBO show How to Make it in America. Prior to that he was a member of hip hop group Emanon in the late 90s.

He’s super talented and well worth watching for what he says next.

Stephen Colbert to Testify Before Congress, Fox News Furious

Arch pundit Stephen Colbert is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee on Friday September24 to discuss his experience picking fruit as part of the United Farm Workers Take Our Jobs program,  which invites U.S. citizens and legal residents to replace tens of thousands of immigrant field laborers, most of whom are undocumented.

Appearing on the Colbert Report in July, United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez said that only three people have participated. Colbert’s participation increased the number to of participants to four.

The Daily Caller quotes a Republican source who claims the pseudo-conservative blowhard will appear in character before the committee. Fox and Friends Gretchen Carlson is really upset. She railed that it was a waste of tax payer dollars and an outrage that Colbert would appear in character under oath.

Batting her tarantula-like black lashes, the former Miss America and Stanford graduate said that there are better qualified people to testify and if Colbert insults Congress and wastes taxpayers money, his appearance will be discussed all weekend on Fox.

“Where Are Your Papers!?” Latino Activists Stage “Raid” at Netroots

On Friday, at Netroots Nation, a group of immigration activists brought the reality of Arizona’s SB 1070 to Netroots attendees by staging a brilliant piece of street (well okay, hotel) theater. As attendees moved into the auditorium for the free lunch sponsored by, Latino activists wearing pseudo-ICE badges, costume HSA patches and otherwise garbed as “authority” stopped people before they entered the hall to grab their sandwiches and sodas and hear a panel on civil rights in the modern era.

The activists asked people who appeared to be white European in origin

for their papers

Some people laughed, some were confused, some just walked by. One guy I spoke with afterward scrawled the word


on a notepad and was asked

Did you pay for these papers?

Organizer Will Coley explained the action:

Our action offended someone and resulted in 30 seconds of frustration, that was the point. As Americans, we should all be offended by actual laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 that harass and profile communities 24 hours a day. It wasn’t about preventing them from getting their lunch. Profiling and injustice is what we wanted folks to think about.