After Amazon announced Queens, New York and Arlington, Virginia as sites for its HQ2, many residents in both cities have spoken out against the decision.
The announcement came after months of tender wars between US cities. Several sites offered billions in tax exemptions and the opportunity to avoid exhausting land verification processes. In New York, officials agreed in particular to give the technology giant direct incentives of $ 1.525 billion. In addition to the tax benefits and special privileges that the company will receive, the deal would place several locations to provide 1,500 units of affordable housing in Queens – and the New Yorkers are not satisfied.
The event will be held on Monday, November 26, which is also Cyber Monday, and starts at 12:30 as a protest. at Herald Square 34th Street. Then, at 5pm, a rally will begin in Queens at Court Square Park, Long Island City.
"On Cyber Monday, we say no to Amazon and its damaging business model. Although Amazon is arguably the richest corporation in the world, it has used cities to stage mutual games to get as much cash out of our tax boxes as possible, "said Maritza Siva Farrell, Executive Director of ALIGN, one of the organizations involved in this day of action against Amazon and part of the growing coalition against # H2QScam . Amazon has distracted our leaders with promises of jobs while she had a wealth of experience in corporate greed and refused to uphold their justice Paying taxes, destroying communities and affordable housing, and it is well known that workers' rights are being abused in the US and around the world. Our resources must be in support of our diverse communities of workers, immigrants, who are the heartbeat of our city, and not the Amazon, "Farrell continued.
Other participants included Make the Road New York, NYC communities for the Change Union of Trade Unions for Trade, Wholesaling and Department Stores (RWDSU), UFCW, Laundry, Sales and Food Service Association, SEIU, VOCAL New York, The People for Bernie Sanders, Warehouse Workers Stand Up, Color of Change, NYC Civic Action, Center for People's Democracy, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, The Graduate Center PSC, MPower, Progressive HackNight, Caaav, Drum, Hand in Hand, NYC Democratic Socialist of America, Tech Action, NYC Human Scale, PrimedOutNYC 19659002] Further information on the protest can be found here in the official livestream.