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 (https://intersect.aws
) marketed as an experience “where music, technology, and art converge.” We the undersigned artists are outraged that Amazon continues to provide the technical backbone supporting ICE's human rights abuses. 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 w/ 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.
Related Reading about Amazon x ICE: http://bit.ly/amazon-ice-reading
**Note that 'partnerships' refers to Amazon Exclusives, Amazon Originals, research & development collaborations, and all other exclusive content partnerships
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