Wyclef Jean is slated to appear at a rally for immigrant workers rights Saturday (Oct. 4) in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. The former Fugees member, who is a Haitian immigrant, will participate in the event celebrating the end of a cross-country bus trip made by more than 900 self-proclaimed “freedom riders.”
The riders boarded buses in major cities throughout the country on Sept. 23 and have spent the days since traveling some 20,000 miles en route to rallies, marches and community forums in more than 100 cities. The group is pushing for reform of what it calls “out-of-date, out-of-touch” immigration policies in the U.S.
Also performing at the event are Mexican rockers Bronco. Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.), Cardinal Edward Egan and Maria Elena Durazo, national chairperson of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride are slated to speak.
Jean’s debut for Clef/J, “The Preacher’s Son,” is due Nov. 4. The set features guest appearances by Patti LaBelle on “Celebration,” Carlos Santana on “Three Nights in Rio de Janeiro,” Redman on “Baby Daddy” and Missy Elliott on the single “Party to Damascus.”
“Being a hip-hop musician, being from a reggae background and of Haitian descent, I have a lot of music in my mind,” Jean says in a statement. “For the first time on any record, I’m going back to that music.”