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To: Amazon and Whole Foods Leadership

Say the words! Solidarity means saying "Black Lives Matter"

Say the words! Solidarity means saying "Black Lives Matter"

Amazon.com Inc. and all of its subsidiaries should require every executive (incl. Jeff Bezos, Jay Carney, Dave Clark, and Omar Gaye to name but a few) to create, and make publicly available a video recording of themselves saying the words "Black lives matter."

Why is this important?

Recently Whole Foods workers have been sent home for wearing Black Lives Matter paraphernalia at work, on the grounds that they are somehow controversial. Respectfully, we beg to differ. As an Amazon employee, and a Black American descendant of enslaved peoples in this country, I must say, that anyone who believes that the words Black Lives Matter, are controversial suffers from an unfortunate delusional state induced by years of conditioning in white supremacist ideology.

Workers should not be forced to choose between earning a living, and asserting that the lives of other human beings have value. Whole Foods is wholly wrong to have ever enforced this policy. Nothing short of a full throated apology and a sincere commitment to sit down, shut up, and LISTEN to us, will do at this point. This is not a request. It is a demand.

Words have meaning, and you can't claim to be in solidarity with the Black community, and then show the reckless indifference to Black and Latinx lives that Amazon is demonstrating currently. While you're here sign our petition to shut down DSF4 for deep cleaning. We've had 3 confirmed cases of COVID 19 reported in the last month and management is lax about enforcing social distancing unless it's to get rid of an organizers like Hibaq Mohamed or myself. Workers should not be retaliated against for speaking up for the safety of themselves and their colleagues. Standing in solidarity in the fight against systemic racism and injustice means being willing to say that Black Lives Matter AND act on that truth by treating Black employees with the dignity and respect that we deserve.


Reasons for signing

  • So much for ever getting a job at Amazon.
  • Billionaires shouldn't exist.
  • I'm pretty sure that even if Amazon/Whole Foods mouths the words "Black Lives Matter", they will do little to make that a reality. But in solidarity anyway...

Updates

2020-08-30 15:10:19 -0400

500 signatures reached

2020-07-21 13:32:07 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-07-21 09:55:24 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-07-21 09:05:19 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-07-21 08:19:14 -0400

10 signatures reached