Nearly 1,000 students have signed a petition asking Kanye West to meet with Alabama leaders and speak against the state's new immigration law. West is currently in Birmingham preparing for his Watch the Throne tour with Jay-Z.
The campaign, which currently has 908 signatures, was started by a student and Kanye West fan at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
“Like thousands of Kanye fans, I grew up listening to Hip-Hop, and it was one of the things that shaped my consciousness about race and justice,” says William Anderson, who launched the petition on Change.org. “Alabama’s new immigration law is an attack on the state’s citizens, documented and undocumented. In the spirit of the social justice and hip hop, I hope that Kanye listens to his fans and takes a few minutes to learn and educate others about the crisis that is happening in Alabama.”
The bill, HB 56, was modeled after Arizona's controversial law and has been deemed by many as discriminatory and the harshest anti-immigration policy in the country.
The petitioners hope West takes notice of their request and meets with civil rights leaders and local politicians before he leaves the city on October 28.