Immortal Technique and Over 200 Musicians Pen Open Letter to Amazon About ICE Contracts
This morning, in a sweeping move of solidarity, Immortal Technique and over 200 other musicians who were slated to participate in the Amazon Web Services-backed Intersect Music Festival have pledged to boycott Amazon festivals and partnerships until they cancel their ICE contracts.
In an open letter posted by the group No Music for ICE, the artists listed their demands:
It has recently come to light that Amazon Web Services, an Amazon subsidiary with known ties to ICE and law enforcement, is hosting a festival marketed as an experience “where music, technology, and art converge.” We the undersigned artists are outraged that Amazon continues to provide the technical backbone for ICE’s human rights abuses (read more). We pledge to not participate in Amazon-sponsored events, or engage in exclusive partnerships with Amazon in the future, until Amazon publicly commits to:
* Terminate existing contracts with military, law enforcement, and government agencies (ICE, CBP, ORR) that commit human rights abuses
* Stop providing Cloud services & tools to organizations (such as Palantir) that power the US government’s deportation machine
* End projects that encourage racial profiling and discrimination, such as Amazon’s facial recognition product
* Reject future engagements with aforementioned bad actors.
We will not allow Amazon to exploit our creativity to promote its brand while it enables attacks on immigrants, communities of color, workers, and local economies. We call on all artists who believe in basic rights and human dignity to join us.
Follow @NoMusicForIce on Twitter for updates and information related to this letter. *Note that partnerships refers to Amazon Exclusives, Amazon Originals, Research & Development collaborations, and all other exclusive content partnerships To add your name to the letter, fill out this form.
This comes on the heels of last week’s controversial announcement that Black Madonna had been released from her contract due to her protest via social media against Amazon’s involvement with the festival. She also claimed to be misled as the company was not listed in any of of the contract offer paperwork.
According to Fight for the Future, the musicians who are behind the open letter have created the account @NoMusicForICE where they will post the latest updates. So far there has been no response from Amazon.