Amazon remains under pressure from campaigners over the company’s relationship with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
We reported in October about how nearly 1,000 musicians had backed an open letter calling for Amazon to sever these ties, and threatening to ‘boycott participating in Amazon-sponsored festivals or partnerships’ until it did. Now that ‘No Music for Ice’ campaign is stepping up a notch. Its organisers are calling for artists to remove their catalogues from Amazon’s music-streaming services and download store.
“A mass, collective takedown is an escalation, another step in musicians acting in solidarity with the numerous groups across the country protesting to shut down ICE and end family separations, deportations, and other horrors,” they explained in a blog post. “Pulling down your music kicks Amazon where it already hurts, and it’s easy to do.” The musicians signing the original open letter were largely from the independent community: we’ll see now if the campaign’s escalation picks up any larger artists too.