For Us, Not Amazon

“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

Current action:

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:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/amazon-forgo-corporate-kickbacks-from-virginia-and-arlington-county

Tell Amazon: Reinstate Fired Workers Organizing for Health and Safety Protections in Warehouses:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-amazon-reinstate-fired-workers-organizing-for-health-and-safety-protections-in-warehouses

Background:

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.

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ORA/FUNA in the news:

Our Revolution Arlington Opposes Amazon HQ2 Bid – Blue Virginia

Amazon Skeptics Plan Town Hall Tomorrow to Let Community Share HQ2 Concerns – ArlNow

Groups wary of Arlington bid for Amazon to hold community forum – Inside NOVA

‘Amazon Doesn’t Need The Money’: In The D.C. Region, Resistance Is Growing To Tax Breaks For HQ2 – WAMU

Anti-Amazon activists thrust, Arlington board members parry at meeting – Inside NOVA

Northern Virginia Lands (Half) The Bid For Amazon’s Second Headquarters – Kojo Nnandi Show

Amazon’s HQ2 could have massively negative impact in Virginia – USA Today

With Amazon On Board, Leaders Look to Quell Concerns Over Incentives for the Tech Giant – ArlNow

‘We Really Didn’t Know Much’: County Board Says It Played Only Small Role in Bringing Amazon HQ2 to Arlington – DC Media Group

Northern Virginia property owners are delighted Amazon HQ2 is moving in. Renters, first-time buyers and low-income residents aren’t. – Washington Post

Officials Expect Plenty of Amazon Votes in Coming Years, Giving County Some Say in Shaping New HQ – ArlNow

Amazon-Focused Town Hall Reveals Community Concerns Over Tech Giant’s Power – ArlNow

Kojo Roadshow: A Town Hall On Amazon’s Arrival In Crystal City – Kojo Nnandi

After New York Amazon HQ2 collapse, VA residents voice similar concerns – WASU

Amazon skeptics hope to derail Arlington incentives – Washington Business Journal

Amazon seeks ‘good neighbor’ image in Arlington, but opponents aren’t impressed – Washington Post

HQ2 Critics In Arlington Are Still Trying To Delay The County Board’s Vote – DCist

A Letter from 30 Community Organizations requesting a public hearing with Amazon

Here’s what Amazon has to do to get $23 million from Arlington County – Washington Post

Lots of drama, but no surprises, in Arlington vote on Amazon – Inside NOVA

Noisy, decisive showdown foreseen for Arlington County Board meeting on Amazon – 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

ORA Member Roshan Abraham Speaks about HQ2 Struggle at National Our Revolution 2020 Organizing Kickoff in DC – ORA Facebook Page

Amazon earns approval for its first new HQ2 construction in Arlington – Washington Business Journal

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