Deerhoof, YACHT, Girlpool, Devon Welsh Rally Against Amazon for ICE Ties

They're protesting the tech giant's sponsorship of the Intersect Music Festival in Las Vegas
Deerhoof, YACHT, Girlpool, Devon Welsh Rally Against Amazon for ICE Ties
Following the announcement of an Amazon-sponsored Las Vegas event Intersect Music Festival, dozens of artists and musicians have signed an open letter to the tech giant, calling for the company to cut its ties with the U.S. immigration organization ICE.

Artists signing the letter are pledging not to participate in Amazon-sponsored events or engage in exclusive partnerships with Amazon in the future until their demands are met. The letter — which can be read and signed here — urges Amazon to end its contracts with ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, citing their violations to human rights.

Furthermore, the letter urges Amazon 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 w/ aforementioned bad actors.


In addition to the above demands, the letter condemns Amazon's complicity in the atrocities committed in the immigration crisis by ICE. 

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.

At the time of reporting, more than 175 artists including the following names have signed the No Music for ICE petition:

25th Hour
2nd Grade
5-Track
Abby Weems / Potty Mouth
Absolute Value
Adia Victoria
Adrian Jade Matias Bell (Nightjars)
Alanis Alvarez
Alex Anwandter
Alex Chips
Alex Edgeworth, Bed Bits
Alex Menne
Alicia Velasquez/Alice Bag
Ally Einbinder / Potty Mouth
Alyssa Milman, Puppy Angst/Blushed
Amar Lal
Amber Capwell
Amy O
Andy Chervenak
Andy Molholt
Angel Aura
Angela Seo & Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu
Anna Berlin
Anna Burch
another cultural landslide
Ashley Ninelives
Atmosphere
Audrey Zee Whitesides
Ava Luna
B Taylor
Baby Jessica
Battle Ave.
Baywitch
Beck Kitsis, SIGNAL
Bethlehem Steel
Big Joanie
Big Ups
Blushed
Bobby Brown (Rentboy)
Boneth Ahaneku
Branwen Shoop
Bri Adams (Many Rooms)
Brian Browder
Brian Kupillas
Bueno
Cam LaFlam
Camino 84
Carlos Truly
Carly / CARLY SPARKLY
Casey Weissbuch
Cave Babies
Chastity Belt
Christopher Santiago
Circuit des Yeux
Clear Channel
Corbin Jones
corey foxton
corey marc fogel
Cortez disecado
Curt Oren
Dama Scout
Damon & Naomi
Dave Sweeten
David Settle
Deadlee
deepcouch
Deerhoof
Devon Geyer
Devon Welsh
Diet Cig
Don Giovanni Records
Dougie Poole
Downtown Boys
DRILL
Dummy
Dylan Baldi (Cloud Nothings)
Dylan Hanwright
Echo Vessel
Ellen Kempner
Emily Yacina
Emma Lee Toyoda
Eva Treadway (Pllush, The She's)
Evan Greer
FACS
Fellow Robot
Fern Mayo
Flash Trading
Flasher
Floral Tattoo
Flying Fish Cove
Foxhound
fuck yeah, dinosaurs!
Funeral Cone
G. L. Jaguar / PRIESTS
Gauche
Generacion Suicida
Geoff Rickly / Thursday
Ghost Voice
Girl Underground Music
Girlpool
Glen Robinson
gobbinjr
Gold Light
Grace Coleman
Graves
Greg Rutkin: LVL UP / Cende
Gregory Cordeira/ Goblin USA
Guy Picciotto of Fugazi
Hannah Epperson
Hannah Moroz
Hark
Harry and the Potters
Heaven's Club
HEELE
Hether Fortune
Holy Gifts
Hopeful Utopian
Human Futility
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Hurry Up
HXXS
Immortal Technique
insignificant other
Ivy Gray-Klein, Corey Flood
J. Mamana
Jacquie Cotillard
Jeff Rosenstock
Jes Skolnik, Daddy's Boy/National Tattler
JJ Demon
Joe Piotrowski
Johanna Warren
John Rossiter
Jon Lipscomb
Jon Samuels, Yowler & Friendship
Jonathan "Bällz" Ramer of The Chode's, Rotted Remains,Devil
Fish,Toxic 
jordan c weinstock!, american poetry club / it takes time
records
Jordan Lee (Mutual Benefit)
Jordan Price
Josephine Shetty, Kohinoorgasm
Josie Wails (JJ Demon and Greaze)
Julia Shapiro
Julian Fader
Juliet Quick
K / Damage Control
Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm
Kal Marks
kamikaze nurse
Kate M. (Hellrazor, The Glow, Potty Mouth)
Katie Alice Greer, Priests / Sister Polygon Records
Kelly Moran
Kiana Saroce
Kitty
Kliph Scurlock
Krissy Lassiter, Krissanthemum
Kristel Jax, Brigitte Bardon't
La Neve
Lala Lala
Lamniformes
Landlady
Lee Bains III
Leo Heikkila, Butterfly
Lightning Bug
Lilah Larson
Lilith
Lily Mastrodimos / Long Neck
lina tullgren
Lisa Prank
Lisa/Liza
Lizzi Bougatsos
Lola Johnson
Lola Kirke
Lorenzo Gehlen
Lowercase Roses
Lucas Knapp
Lydia Ainsworth
Mac Nero Music
Madeline Babuka Black / Yucky duster
MANEKA
Mason Lynass
Math Erao (Absolute Fantasy)
Mayah Kadish
Maymind
Michael Cormier (Friendship, Hour, Michael Cormier, Dear Life Records)
Michael DeForge (Moul D, Creep Highway)
Michael Falcone, Hellrazor (guitar) / Speedy Ortiz (drums)
Mike Caridi / LVL UP / The Glow
Mike Huguenor
Miserable chillers
mister goblin
Mister Lies
Mitchell Fisher
Mixed Deuce
Mothers
Myst Mach
Nat Baldwin
Needle Teeth
Neilson Family
neo-detritus
Neutral Shirt
New Bomb Turks
Nicola Leel
Night Witch
Noah Klein
Owen Ashworth
Peter Katz (Peaer)
Phil Harty from Smile for the Sky
Pictoria Vark
Pictureplane
Pile
Pill Wonder
Pinkwash
Privacy Issues
Puppy Angst
Rachel Levy
Radiator Hospital
Red Widow
Remember Sports
Rentboy
Ricky Eat Acid
Riobamba
Rituals of Mine
Rosie Tucker
Ryan Vo
Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz / Sad13)
saltlick
Sam Farzin / Media Jeweler
Sam Gas Can
Sami
sammus / dr. enongo lumumba-kasongo
Sarah Tudzin - illuminati hotties
Scooter Jay
Seán Barna
Semaphore Mgmt
Shady Bug
Shamir
Sheer Mag
SIGNAL
Skrizzy
Spencer VH
Star Rats Records
Stevie Knipe (Adult Mom)
SUPER of the Rio Grande Valley
SVUVN
Tara Thiessen
TASH LC
Tasha
Ted Leo
Terror Pigeon
The Acid Flashback at Nightmare Beach
The Black Madonna
The Cowls
The Ensuing Disaster
The Holy Dark
The Kominas
The New Adventures
The Ophelias
The Roland High Life
The True Jacqueline
Thin Lips
Tim Kasher
Told Slant
Told Slant
Tom Wherrett
Tomberlin
Tough Age
Tristan Whitehill (Euglossine)
Troy Colby
TV Flesh
Tyler Andere
Tyler Bussey
Ushamami
Verdigrls
Versing
visibilities
Walking Bombs
War On Women
What Cheer? Brigade
WHY?
Xenia Rubinos
XETAS
YACHT
Yohuna
Yum
Yuppy
Zach Burba, iji
ZENIZEN
ZOLA JESUS

Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Zola Jesus and more tweeted in solidarity with the movement. See those messages below.
 
 

Intersect Music Festival is billing itself as a "Music / Arts / Tech Festival by Amazon Web Services" and features globally successful acts like Kacey Musgraves, Beck, Foo Fighters, Anderson .Paak and more for its December event. So far, none of the acts on the bill have signed the petition.