A Jewish-led organization of protesters orchestrated a rally, targeting Amazon for the company’s supposed ties to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The sit-in protest was reportedly held at the tech giant’s Cambridge location in Massachusetts on Thursday evening –– approximately 1,000 in attendance.
The fearless group of activists were spotted on surveillance cameras, blocking employees from using the office elevators while chanting and raising banners that read, “Never Again means No Tech for ICE.”
There have been rumors circulating for quite some time pertaining to Amazon’s business contracts with ICE. The e-commerce hub has allegedly distributed invasive facial recognition technology that can identify and track illegal immigrants from digital images and video frames.
“Amazon is profiting off putting people in our communities into prisons, into jails, into boxes and deporting them,” group spokeswoman Elizabeth Weinbloom told the Tampa Bay Times.
A dozen of the hundreds of protesters who marched from the Boston Holocaust Memorial to Amazon’s Cambridge building were arrested and taken into custody. The group has created a GoFundMe page to both cover bail expenses and logistical costs.
Amazon has not released a statement.
Black Student Awarded $725k in Lawsuit against Neo-Nazi Follower
The first black woman to serve as American University’s student government president celebrated Friday after a lawsuit win in federal court against a neo-Nazi website manager who launched an online hate movement against her.
A federal judge awarded Taylor Dumspon, 22, approximately $725,000 after The Daily Stormer blog founder Andrew Anglin failed to respond to her lawsuit.
Dumpson was named student government president in 2017. The historic moment on AU’s campus amassed the attention of dozens of white supremacists, including Anglin, who directed his followers to troll Dumpson via social media after hearing the news, and a suspect who hung nooses with bananas containing racist messages on the university’s campus.
Here’s a breakdown of Dumpson’s settlement:
- $101,429.28 for compensatory damages
- $500,000 for punitive damages costs
- $124,022.10 for attorneys’ fees and costs.
The judge is also said to have placed a restraining order against Anglin, his Moonbase Holdings limited liability company, and Brian Andrew Ade for internet harassment.
“This ruling should send a strong message to other white supremacists that they can and will be held accountable for hateful activity that constitutes unlawful discrimination, no matter whether it occurs online or in the real world,” said Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The organization represented Dumpson in the case.
Walmart Employees Call for the Corporation to Cease Profiting of Gun Sales
Enraged Walmart employees are demanding the retail giant revoke its firearm sales following the back-to-back mass shootings at locations in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio’s downtown district. The senseless killing sprees took the lives of over 30 victims and caused dozens of critical injuries.
The aftermath has left thousands of the corporation’s employees on edge, including, Thomas Marshall, a manager in Walmart’s San Bruno, California, e-commerce office, who took the initiative to organize a massive walkout on Wednesday. Marshall also requested his associates sign a Change.org petition, calling for the retailer to refrain from selling guns and ammunition.
“We have one demand, and that is all. We value Walmart and our fellow associates, but we are no longer willing to contribute our labor to a company that profits from the sale of deadly weapons,” the petition reads.
“We would like to see Walmart take a unified and public stance against guns and gun violence. We urge our leadership to cease the sale of all firearms and ammunition, ban the public open and concealed carry of weapons on company property and in all stores, and cease WALPAC donations to NRA backed -A/A+ politicians.”
Marshall’s petition has garnered nearly 60,000 signatures and continues to rapidly climb. While the courageous manager fears his job is in jeopardy, he intends to ramp up his protest by sending the petition directly to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon.
McMillon released a statement Wednesday, expressing his grief over the shootings. He ordered violent video games to be removed from all of the stores shelves but failed to address the elephant in the room –– gun distribution.
“We’ll be thoughtful and deliberate in our responses, and will act in a way that reflects our best values and ideals, focused on the needs of our customers, associates and communities,” he wrote.
Eric Garner Supporters Disrupt Cory Booker’s Speech during Democratic Debate
The second Democratic debate in Detroit got real heated real quick. Just moments into Cory Booker’s speech, the presidential candidate was instantly disrupted by a rowdy group of protesters, bringing attention to the brutal killing of Eric Garner.
On July 17, 2014, Garner died after being put in an aggressive chokehold by New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo. The incident went viral and catalyzed a national movement against police brutality and racial discrimination.
Five years later, on Tuesday, the Staten Island grand jury has voted not to indict Pantaleo, causing an uproar among the Black Lives Matter organization and the victim’s family.
While the protest may have inconvenienced Booker’s moment to impress America, the timing was perfect in the eyes of the hecklers to call out the injustice they believe has occurred. ‘Fire Pantaleo!’ they chanted in unison, demanding for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio who has also thrown his hat in the 2020 election to terminate the officer effective immediately.
Booker chose to take the high road and showed his support on Twitter for the protest.
‘To the folks who were standing up to Mayor de Blasio a few minutes ago – good for you,’ he said.
‘That’s how change is made.’
De Blasio also responded, stating the issue would be resolved in 30 days but did not confirm whether the police officer would be fired.
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