Wer eh schon vorhatte, etwas bei Bandcamp zu kaufen, sollte das heute tun. Alle Erlöse gehen heute an die American Civil Liberties Union.
Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants—my great-grandparents came to America from Russia and Lithuania as teenagers and worked in sweatshops until they were able to afford to bring the rest of their families over. Most everyone you speak to in this country has a similar story to tell, because we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.
Contrary to the assertions of the current administration, the order will not make us safer (an opinion shared by the State Department and many members of Congress including prominent Republicans). Christian religious leaders have denounced both the ban, as well as the exception prioritizing Christian immigrants, as inhumane. It is an unequivocal moral wrong, a cynical attempt to sow division among the American people, and is in direct opposition to the principles of a country where the tenet of religious freedom is written directly into the Constitution. This is not who we are, and it is not what we believe in. We at Bandcamp oppose the ban wholeheartedly, and extend our support to those whose lives have been upended.
And so all day this Friday, February 3rd (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time), for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working tirelessly to combat these discriminatory and unconstitutional actions.
Mittlerweile ist auch die Anzahl der Bands angestiegen, die sich dem Anschließen und ihre Erlöse auch spenden werden. So z.B. The Smith Street Band:
Oder Lail Arad:
Die Punker von Anti Flag gehen sogar noch einen Schritt weiter und bieten ihren ganzen Katalog als Pay-What-You-Want an. Auch hier gehen alle Erlöse an die ACLU.
Eine vollständige Liste der bands, die die Bandcamp-Aktion ihrerseits unterstützen gibt es hier.