Bandcamp have announce that they’ll be donating 100% of their profits to the American Civil Liberties Union this Friday (3rd February.) The ACLU has long been a staunch defender of peoples rights in the US and with the recent Trump inauguration, they’ve been working overtime, having recently sued Trump over his executive orders on immigration.
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Bandcamp are not the only ones to be showing the ACLU support right now – they’ve received over $24 million dollars in public donations following their recent legal action again the new president; more money than they usually receive in a year. That money was raised by around 350,000 people over the course of only one weekend, so public support for the ACLU appears to be at a high right now.
Bandcamp’s donation should end up being fairly considerable, as the site currently receives 15% of digital sales and 10% of merchandise and physical sales. Bandcamp CEO and founder Ethan Diamond wrote a passionate post on the Bandcamp Daily blog, saying that “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.”