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Concert series outside L.A. prison has a note of protest
Concert series outside L.A. prison has a note of protest

On a recent cool evening, the popular Mexican norteno band Los Cadetes de Linares showed up in black cowboy hats and matching avocado-green suits to play a few songs in downtown Los Angeles. There was no stage. Instead, the musicians stood in front of the Metropolitan Detention Center, a prison used to temporarily house inmates awaiting trial at the nearby federal courthouse. As the band powered through a set of upbeat ballads, some inmates waved down appreciatively from their narrow cell windows. The show last week was the fourth installment of a weekly concert series organized by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, a group that advocates for immigrant workers and opposes the...

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