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*PARTNER CONTENT* Not In Our Hood: How People's Power Beat Amazon

United States, New York
March 05, 2019 at 01:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Not In Our Hood: How the People Defeated Amazon (Part 1)

Amazon faced its first major defeat in New York as public opposition reached a boiling point. Grassroots resistance caused Amazon to cancel plans to build its second headquarters in the borough of Queens, an agreement which had been negotiated in secret between the company and New York's governor and mayor. Many believe Amazon's retreat was a true people's power victory, but some pundits blame activists and local politicians opposing Amazon for the loss of an opportunity for the city that they say would have brought in tens of thousands of jobs. In part 1 of our report, redfish spoke with the residents and activists during the climax of the battle against Amazon about why they opposed the corporation moving into their city. Among the major concerns for many New Yorkers was how Amazon was offered $2.8 billion in tax incentives, while the city and state government have for years been saying that there isn't enough money to fix the crumbling infrastructure or invest in underfunded public housing.

redfish also looked at Amazon's anti-worker track record, speaking with a former Amazon worker, Rashad Shabazz, who said his former employer simply "treated him like a robot". This view was echoed by teacher and activist Cathy Rojas, who alluded to the company's "long history and union busting and literally almost killing people on the job because of overworking them."

Not In Our Hood: How the People Defeated Amazon (Part 2)

Amazon was forced by public pressure to drop plans to build its second headquarters in New York City. Almost from the second that plans to construct the massive eight million square foot HQ were announced, activists and residents of the city were up in arms about nearly $3 billion in their tax dollars being handed over to one of the world's richest corporations.

In part 2 of redfish's on the ground report, we look at Amazon's track record of supporting federal immigration agency ICE, and how plans to move into Queens -- the most diverse place on earth -- played a significant role in why so many New Yorkers opposed the company's presence in their neighborhood. Not to mention that Amazon's CEO and the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, has defended his cozy relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense, which is soon to be his single biggest customer.

redfish also spoke with hip-hop artist So Soon about his fears of gentrification being accelerated by Amazon's proposed arrival in his borough, a process he has already seen taking place in his neighborhood, where luxury apartments and hotels are built while the needs of the area's working-class community are ignored.

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Not In Our Hood: How the People Defeated Amazon (Part 1)

Amazon faced its first major defeat in New York as public opposition reached a boiling point. Grassroots resistance caused Amazon to cancel plans to build its second headquarters in the borough of Queens, an agreement which had been negotiated in secret between the company and New York's governor and mayor. Many believe Amazon's retreat was a true people's power victory, but some pundits blame activists and local politicians opposing Amazon for the loss of an opportunity for the city that they say would have brought in tens of thousands of jobs. In part 1 of our report, redfish spoke with the residents and activists during the climax of the battle against Amazon about why they opposed the corporation moving into their city. Among the major concerns for many New Yorkers was how Amazon was offered $2.8 billion in tax incentives, while the city and state government have for years been saying that there isn't enough money to fix the crumbling infrastructure or invest in underfunded public housing.

redfish also looked at Amazon's anti-worker track record, speaking with a former Amazon worker, Rashad Shabazz, who said his former employer simply "treated him like a robot". This view was echoed by teacher and activist Cathy Rojas, who alluded to the company's "long history and union busting and literally almost killing people on the job because of overworking them."

Not In Our Hood: How the People Defeated Amazon (Part 2)

Amazon was forced by public pressure to drop plans to build its second headquarters in New York City. Almost from the second that plans to construct the massive eight million square foot HQ were announced, activists and residents of the city were up in arms about nearly $3 billion in their tax dollars being handed over to one of the world's richest corporations.

In part 2 of redfish's on the ground report, we look at Amazon's track record of supporting federal immigration agency ICE, and how plans to move into Queens -- the most diverse place on earth -- played a significant role in why so many New Yorkers opposed the company's presence in their neighborhood. Not to mention that Amazon's CEO and the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, has defended his cozy relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense, which is soon to be his single biggest customer.

redfish also spoke with hip-hop artist So Soon about his fears of gentrification being accelerated by Amazon's proposed arrival in his borough, a process he has already seen taking place in his neighborhood, where luxury apartments and hotels are built while the needs of the area's working-class community are ignored.

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