As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, millions of people around the world are getting seriously ill and millions more are finding themselves out of work. So far, more than 200,000 people have died from this new virus and before the pandemic passes hundreds of thousands more will likely die.
Meanwhile, some big corporations like Amazon are finding ways to profit off of the pandemic, while the rest of us suffer. In the first four months of this year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos boosted his net worth by $25 billion dollars.
Workers in more than 100 Amazon warehouses around the country have been diagnosed with COVID-19 but the company has refused to idle any of its precious fulfillment centers for adequate cleaning to protect workers. Communities in major logistics hubs like California’s Inland Empire or Will County, Illinois have long struggled with increased rates of asthma and other respiratory illnesses as a result of the massive quantities of diesel emissions released by the constant streams of tractor trailer and air cargo traffic moving through their neighborhoods. Now, those underlying repertory illnesses are increasing the severity and death rates of people infected with COVID-19
Communities, workers, youth and elders all over are taking action to take bold action to hold corporations like Amazon accountable.
Hear from workers and communities on the front lines of the fight for environmental and worker justice at Amazon. Join an action-ar* on Wednesday at 3pm eastern.
-Danny Cendejas, La ColectiVA, Northern Virginia
-For Us Not Amazon, Northern Virginia
-Ann Baskerville, Sierra Club and Just Say No To Northpoint, Manhattan, IL
-Roberto Clack, Warehouse Workers for Justice, Chicago, Illinois
-Ben Reynoso, San Bernardino Airport Communities, San Bernardino, California