“It is completely unacceptable that ordinary Americans should be subsidizing the wealthiest people in the world like Jeff Bezos when they pay their employees such inadequate wages.”U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
4/29/2021: For Us, Not Amazon will be hosting a virtual workshop on Thursday, April 29th at 5:45 P.M. to educate people on how Amazon’s monopoly will impact the DMV region, and what we can do to stop its takeover and #MakeAmazonPay. Register here: bit.ly/teachin429.
The For Us, Not Amazon coalition is also interested to hear from you about where you would like to see taxes from Amazon go in support of your local community. Please fill out this survey to let our elected officials know what local services you would like to make Amazon pay for by taxing it: bit.ly/FunaSurvey.
5/29/2020: Please sign this petition calling for Amazon to forgo its HQ2 subsidies from Virginia in light of the COVID-induced crisis and budget shortfalls:
Tell Amazon: Reinstate Fired Workers Organizing for Health and Safety Protections in Warehouses:
Our Revolution Arlington was one of the first groups to speak out against Arlington County’s participation in the fake HQ2 auction. ORA members first began to raise concerns about: the impact of HQ2 on housing affordability; the ethics of wooing a corporation with an atrocious labor record and monopolistic business tactics; and the prudence of giving public money to company valued at a trillion dollars and owned by the richest man in modern history (among other things) at the Arlington County Board’s meeting on May 19, 2018. When the County Board members waved away our concerns, we worked to form a coalition of grassroots activists groups to hold a community forum on HQ2:
That event ultimately led to the creation of For Us, Not Amazon (FUNA), which is still working to hold Amazon and elected officials in Arlington and Virginia accountable to the community (follow the action on Facebook and Twitter). FUNA is now in turn part of Athena, a national coalition seeking to hold Amazon accountable.
ORA/FUNA in the news:
Our Revolution Arlington Opposes Amazon HQ2 Bid – Blue Virginia
Northern Virginia Lands (Half) The Bid For Amazon’s Second Headquarters – Kojo Nnandi Show
Amazon skeptics hope to derail Arlington incentives – Washington Business Journal
Here’s what Amazon has to do to get $23 million from Arlington County – Washington Post
Partnership or Pandering? Arlington County officials went out of their way to cozy up to Amazon – Washington Business Journal
Prime Day protesters chant, leave boxes at Jeff Bezos’ D.C. home – Washington Business Journal
Amazon earns approval for its first new HQ2 construction in Arlington – Washington Business Journal