On June 22, award-winning a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock released the song “Are We a Nation” in response to Arizona’s controversial immigration law SB 1070. The law would allow police officers to stop and interrogate persons believed to be illegal immigrants.

In addition to backlash from some lawmakers, many celebrities have spoken out against SB1070 as a civil rights violation, including entertainers Shakira and Kanye West.

“Since 1973, Sweet Honey In The Rock has created musical ways to express outrage and compassion, to nurture and empower our audiences, to document the times, and to preserve and extend African American vocal traditions,” said Sweet Honey member Ysaye Barnwell in a statement. “We grew out of the Civil Rights Movement, stood and sang in opposition to the apartheid movement in South Africa, and we continue to struggle in solidarity with oppressed people throughout the world where greed, hatred and fear abound. We can not condone Arizona’s law SB 1070.”

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed the bill into law in April, creating one of the nation’s most stringent illegal immigration legislation’s.

For more information about “Are We A Nation?” and Sweet Honey In The Rock visit www.sweethoney.com and www.facebook.com/SweetHoneyInTheRock.