FROM BOSTON, MA TO BAY AREA, CA & ACROSS THE SOUTH
SATURDAY, MARCH 20
Demonstrations in over 50 Cities in the U.S. TO SUPPORT THE ALABAMA AMAZON UNION
Following Amazon worker Jennifer Bates' powerful testimony at Senator Sanders' hearing March 17, more than 50 cities confirmed March 20 demonstrations supporting the Bessemer, Alabama union drive. This important unionizing effort has been embraced nationally as an essential part of the critical struggle against racism and white supremacy.
“We are not robots designed to only live to work," Bates told the hearing. "We the workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”
On March 20, the Philadelphia local rally began in front of Morgan Lewis headquarters, 1701 Market St., highlighted by a 10-foot-tall Bezos puppet (courtesy of Spiral-Q) and a Bezos piñata filled with a surprise revealed when the piñata was broken up in front of the Whole Foods store at the end of the second rally.
Morgan Lewis, with over 2,200 attorneys in 31 offices, is considered one of the leading union-busting law firms in the US. From helping President Reagan bust the Air Traffic Controllers strike in 1981 to representing Major League Baseball during the baseball players strikes in the 1990s, it has a long history fighting against workers’ rights. Amazon pays Morgan Lewis millions of dollars to be their dirty work of union busting.
On March 13, Birmingham, Ala. Black Lives Matter activists drove a car caravan to the Amazon warehouse to support the union. "Many of the Amazon workers in Alabama took part in the marches against the murder of George Floyd last summer," said Larry Holmes, a leader with Support Alabama Amazon Workers. "It was their involvement in those marches that empowered them to fight for a union.
“The BLM movement was founded and led by women. The March 20 protests will celebrate the heroes of International Working Women’s month by supporting the Black, women-led struggle for the first Amazon union in the U.S.,” Holmes concluded.
The Philly rally is endorsed by a wide assortment of community and labor organizations, including:
Black Alliance for Peace
Black and Brown Coalition
Black Lives Matter Philly
Coalition of Labor Union Women - Philly
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Our Revolution West Philly ‘Burbs
Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign - Poor People's Army
Philly Black Radical Collective
Philadelphia Socialist Alternative
Party for Socialism and Liberation - Philly
Teamsters Local 623
Temple Association of University Professionals (TAUP)
UNITE HERE Local 274
United Academics of Philadelphia
Workers World Party - Philadelphia
Dr. Robin D.G. Kelley
Learn more about this campaign at supportamazonworkers.org