NYC-DSA Tech Action
NYC-DSA Tech Action Working Group is developing a socialist perspective on the use of technology and strategies for resisting the tech industry’s hegemony in politics, economics, and culture in NYC. We believe that if properly harnessed, technological innovation can help establish a truly democratic and cooperative society on a global scale. However most new technologies are made available to us, and controlled by, large corporations hiding behind a sheen of innovation and altruism that obscures their worst capitalistic impulses. As it stands, the joys, freedoms, and socialist potential of technology are tightly bound by the chains of capitalism, tied to the inhumane logic of profit and competition. Our aim is to increase awareness and understanding — both within DSA and in the broader public — about these issues; to build political power to confront abuse and corporate overreach where it is already occurring; and to create democratically owned and operated alternatives.
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New Campaign Campaigns
No Tech For ICEWe are demanding that Amazon sever their relationship with ICE. As long as Amazon refuses to comply, we call on other AWS clients to cancel their contracts. As tech workers we stand together to say we condemn a company that chooses to be complicit in fueling the deportation crisis. Why target Amazon? Amazon's cloud services, known as Amazon Web Services (AWS), are a crucial component of ICE's technical infrastructure. AWS is also the backbone of Palantir, a digital surveillance company that provides ICE (and others) with software that helps them track, detain, and deport immigrants. These connections aren't passive—Amazon has actively lobbied ICE (and CBP: Customs and Border Protection) to use its Rekognition software, controversial surveillance technology that performs real-time facial scanning. Although Amazon isn't the only tech company in bed with ICE, it has the largest role—as the computing engine of the federal government's immigration and law enforcement dragnet. It's time to hold Amazon accountable. Amazon is one of the world's largest, richest, and most powerful companies. They don't need these contracts. If we as tech workers withhold our labor from Amazon, if we demand our CTOs stop working with Amazon, if AWS clients cancel their contracts and move to other providers, Amazon will be forced to end its collaboration with ICE. We demand that Amazon stop profiting off of imperialism, racism, family separation, and human suffering. #NoTech4ICE Cosponsored by Tech Workers Coalition NYC and NYC-DSA Tech Action --- 1. https://mijente.net/notechforice/ 2. https://www.geekwire.com/2018/amazon-web-services-pitched-ice-using-rekognition-face-recognition-cloud-service/ 3. https://www.thedailybeast.com/amazon-pushes-ice-to-buy-its-face-recognition-surveillance-tech 4. https://www.cnet.com/features/amazons-helping-police-build-a-surveillance-network-with-ring-doorbells/ 5. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612335/amazon-is-the-invisible-backbone-behind-ices-immigration-crackdown/ 6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/10/23/amazon-met-with-ice-officials-over-facial-recognition-system-that-could-identify-immigrants 7. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/06/22/amazon-employees-demand-company-cut-ties-with-ice4 of 100 SignaturesCreated by Tech Action
No Work for Amazon New YorkOn November 12, Amazon announced its intention to create a new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. Amazon’s decision to expand its offices in New York was the result of a private deal made between three powerful men—Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio—a deal that will include roughly $3 billion in public subsidies to bring Amazon’s HQ2 to New York City. Meanwhile New York's subway system, schools, and other public services are already overburdened to the point of collapse. If Amazon comes to Long Island City, we can only expect things to get worse. It has been projected that their effect on the housing market will push 800 more New Yorkers into homelessness. And with Amazon maintaining its role as a key contractor for ICE —despite widespread employee protests—Amazon’s presence in Queens is a slap in the face to its largely immigrant community. To protect their homes, to protect their families, and to protect their livelihoods, that community has already been speaking out and loudly saying “No Amazon NYC.” As tech workers living in New York, this is our community as well, and we stand in solidarity against Amazon. As tech workers outside of New York, we recognize Amazon’s destructive power and want no part of it. Amazon, one of the world’s three most valuable companies, doesn’t need handouts from New Yorkers to come to Queens. If this was only about the money they were being given, they would have accepted one of the larger offers from other cities in their race-to-the-bottom HQ2 bidding war. What Amazon really needs is New York’s infrastructure, its proximity to finance, and access to its burgeoning tech sector. But most importantly Amazon needs us: highly skilled and trained tech workers. But we don’t want these jobs and we don’t want Amazon. We know how Amazon treats its workers from the corporate office, to the warehouse line, to the last mile—it is abusive, indifferent, and exploitative from top to bottom. We know Amazon will subcontract a large portion of its workforce, providing a fraction of the pay and none of the benefits enjoyed by the projected 25,000 new white-collar hires. We also saw Amazon create a housing crisis in Seattle and then wield their political power to shut down a publicly-supported tax attempting to ameliorate the situation. We know that Amazon doesn’t pay its fair share in taxes. And we are disgusted by Amazon’s support for ICE raids at home and military engagement abroad. We are tech workers, and by signing this pledge, we say “No Work for Amazon New York.” If this deal is upheld, if Amazon expands in LIC against the wishes of New Yorkers, sweeping aside vulnerable communities and burdening its infrastructure—all while pocketing huge amounts of public funding that could be better spent—we promise to withhold our time and our skills in protest. We withhold our labor from Amazon LIC in solidarity with the working people of New York City: women and men; black, brown, and white; documented and undocumented; young and old; native New Yorkers and all the rest who've come to call New York their home. #NoAmazonNYC #NoWorkForAmazonNYC --- 1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/incentives-to-amazon-could-top-28-billion-in-nyc/2018/11/14/86ecfc8a-e85a-11e8-8449-1ff263609a31_story.html 2. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/amazon-hq2-could-push-800-people-into-homelessness-economist-says-2018-11-16 3. https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/8/18077292/amazon-rekognition-jeff-bezos-andrew-jassy-facial-recognition-ice-rights-violations 4. http://time.com/money/5386380/amazon-1-trillion-jeff-bezos-net-worth/ 5. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/leticiamiranda/amazon-hq2-finalist-cities-incentives-airport-lounge 6. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/technology/inside-amazon-wrestling-big-ideas-in-a-bruising-workplace.html 7. https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/life-and-death-amazon-temp/ 8. https://gizmodo.com/amazons-last-mile-1820451224 9. http://www.thestand.org/2017/04/security-officers-for-amazon-demand-fair-path-to-form-union/ 10. https://www.thenation.com/article/lessons-death-seattles-amazon-tax/ 11. https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/amazon-earned-5-6b-in-2017-but-paid-no-federal-taxes 12. https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/8/18077292/amazon-rekognition-jeff-bezos-andrew-jassy-facial-recognition-ice-rights-violations 13. https://www.yahoo.com/news/amazon-turn-lockheed-martin-companys-move-crystal-city-says-future-192816946.html624 of 800 SignaturesCreated by Tech Action