On Prime Day Tell Amazon: Stop Enabling ICE Raids – Support Amazon workers
Despite horrific conditions at detention camps and the comparison of them to concentration camps, the richest man in the world Jeff Bezos continues to consolidate his wealth and power by profiting off of deportation and detention and exploiting Amazon workers.
New research shows that Amazon is helping ICE track, detain, and deport immigrants — in a big way. We’ve known that Amazon’s servers host Palantir, the company that provides ICE with “mission-critical services,” such as its case management software, and we’ve been pressuring Amazon to drop Palantir. But it turns out Amazon’s role in the deportation machine goes deeper than that.
Amazon isn’t the only tech company doing this, but it has the largest role. Through intense lobbying of policymakers and law enforcement officials, Amazon and Palantir have secured a role as the backbone for the federal government’s immigration and law enforcement dragnet.
For More Details on Amazon’s Relationship with ICE see here: https://mijente.net/notechforice/
Support Amazon Workers
Amazon warehouse workers in Shakopee, Minn., plan to strike for six hours on Prime Day to demand better work conditions.
The work stoppage is planned from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 15. A “community rally” including workers and supporters is also planned outside Amazon’s warehouse in Shakopee.
Minnesota workers, most of them Somali and East African immigrants, will join co-workers from Seattle in the work stoppage.
Awood Executive Director Abdi Muse said in a statement that the work stoppage will be part of employees’ continued push to force “the corporate giant to provide safe & reliable jobs, increase respect and opportunities for advancement for the predominantly East African workforce.”
Striking workers are demanding the right to organize, and to work at normal speeds. They also are calling on Amazon to address critical issues like climate change. Minnesota employees are expected to be joined by Amazon technology workers from Seattle who have been lobbying the company to improve its environmental efforts and to do more to fight climate change.
On Prime Days, let’s send a message to Amazon: end profiting off the detention of migrants and refugees and end the abuse of Amazon workers.