“I Need A Dollar” singer Aloe Blacc drops a touching and immigration awareness music video for an acoustic version of his hit single “Wake Me Up,” which tells a story “of a day laborer family striving for a better life and struggling to be united across borders.”
For the visual, Blacc collaborates with the immigrant rights group, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and a cast of actors who have real-life experience with the topic in order to give a human face to the immigration debate and send a message of inclusion to Washington. The starring characters are Hareth Andrade, a leader in the immigrant youth movement working to stop her own father’s deportation, Agustín Chiprez Alvarez, a Los Angeles day laborer, and Margarita Reyes who was deported with her mother as a child despite being born in the US.
“Having grown up in an immigrant family myself, I know that the stories in the video are not a fiction,” states Blacc. “It’s time that we wake up about immigration and I hope our video can help do that.”
The National Day Laborer Organizing Network is made up of more than 40 organizations across the country working to improve the lives of day laborers.