In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, October, 2020

Protesters Storm Jeff Bezos Home, Demand He Caters For 20,000 Amazon Staff Contaminated With COVID-19 And Pay Taxes

Protesters Storm Jeff Bezos House, Demand He Caters For 20,000 Amazon Workers Infected With COVID-19 And Pay Taxes

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Protesters marched to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ palatial Beverly Hills mansion to demand the corporate deal with environmental and labor points that got here to a head throughout the pandemic.   

A coalition of labor and environmental activists gathered at Will Rogers Memorial Park on Sundown Boulevard to decry Bezos and his multi-billion greenback e-commerce empire throughout ‘The Mistaken Amazon is Burning’ occasion.

The Congress and Important Staff, a gaggle of present and former Amazon warehouse workers, organized the rally and it was spearheaded by Chris Smalls of Staten Island, New York.

Smalls, a former Amazon warehouse staffer, was fired from his place in March after he organized a protest over what he described as an absence of PPE and hazard pay amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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‘We demand that Jeff Bezos and the remainder of the billionaire class pay their justifiable share to cope with the local weather disaster,’ TCOEW stated in a press release.

‘We’re calling for a good dwelling wage of $30/hour minimal for all Amazon workers, Medicare and childcare for all, and the suitable to unionize with out concern of retaliation. These are only a few of the problems that we really feel billionaires like Jeff Bezos, who makes practically $four,000 a second, can completely assist relieve or resolve.

The group of demonstrators who shouted ‘f*** Bezos,’ who’s value $185billion, had been joined by local weather activist teams Dawn Motion and Extinction Riot.  

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Demonstrators who donned face masks hoisted indicators that learn ‘f*** Bezos,’ ‘your greed is killing us,’ ‘abolish billionaires’ and ‘share together with your nation!’

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Different indicators urged Bezos to think about environmental modifications, together with one which stated ‘there isn’t any planet B‘ and ‘science not silence.’

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At one level, members of the artivist troupe, Purple Insurgent Brigade Manifesto, wore pink ensembles throughout a performative piece aimed toward highlighting the worldwide environmental disaster.

Because the group of decided protesters drew close to Bezos’ mansion, they chanted ‘tax Bezos’ whereas somebody performed the drums.

As soon as the group arrived to Bezos’ grand entrance gate, Smalls used a bullhorn to rally the group and declared ‘sufficient is sufficient.’

‘Destroying small companies, destroying working class folks, destroying decrease class folks. Sufficient is sufficient,’ Smalls stated. ‘We’re drained, we’re accomplished, and I need to say this…f*** Jeff Bezos!’


After Smalls’ dismissal, Amazon officers stated he was fired for ‘violating social distancing tips and placing the security of others in danger.’


However Smalls asserted that it was retaliation for organizing a employees protest.

The protest got here after the current revelation that just about 20,000 Amazon employees in the USA have examined optimistic for COVID-19. And forward of Amazon’s annual Prime Day, wherein the corporate provides discounted gross sales and lowered costs on numerous objects.


‘Staff should not going to be handled pretty and going to have obligatory additional time and don’t have any breaks for the following two months into December,
‘ stated Jordan Flowers, an Amazon warehouse employee from Staten Island.

Though Prime Day has been used to spotlight client perks, it is typically a busy time for warehouse workers who’ve complained of the overwhelming workload.

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