Are you an Amazon worker or an Amazon customer? and that’s before this whole HQ2 thing

We are Working Washington

Are you an Amazon worker or an Amazon customer? Let us know what you think about one of the biggest and richest companies around getting more than $1 billion in public money — and then asking for even more.

Did you see this ?

Researchers recently totaled up all the public money Amazon has already received for all their different facilities across the country.

It adds up to $1.2 billion.

In public money.

For a multi-billion-dollar company that’s owned by one of the richest people in the world.

And that’s before this whole HQ2 thing, which is totally taking it to the next level. They actually made different cities publicly compete against other on how much they’re willing to offer to be considered as the site of the company’s new second headquarters.

Amazon subsidies

Research & map via Puget Sound Business Journal; scroll down for source.

Now sure, different people can have different opinions about the different good and bad impacts of Amazon on places where they do business and on the economy as a whole — and that’s a good thing! We like to see healthy conversation about the different forces at work in our changing economy.

But no matter what you think about all that, here’s one thing that maybe we can all agree on: multi-billion-dollar companies shouldn’t get multi-million-dollar subsidies just for setting up shop.

Where are you coming from on this issue?

Amazon isn’t just any corporate giant — they’re based right here in our state. That’s why we know the company has done some positive things, like creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs in Seattle, fighting the Trump administration’s travel ban, and implementing a company-wide paid family leave policy that covers warehouse workers and corporate staff too.

It’s also why we’ve worked to hold them accountable, from winning better conditions in their distribution centers, to moving them to stop funding right-wing policy shop ALEC, to standing up for the rights of the security officers who work at the company’s headquarters.

And it’s also why we know there are plenty of people who work at Amazon who are right here with us on all this stuff too.

So no matter where you work and no matter where you shop, we want to hear what you think about billions in public money for Amazon — take our quick survey at this link here.

Thanks for being a part of this,

Working Washington

Source: Tracking Amazon’s rapidly expanding footprint, Business Journals, October 11, 2017

“This is a travesty of justice”

Recently, an important member of my community, Maria Mendoza Sanchez, was deported. Maria left behind her three daughters,one of which is only 16 years old, and is currently under the legal care of her 23 year old sister. These girls are too young to survive on their own; they need their mother back.

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced a bill that calls for the return of Maria along with her husband and young son who were deported with her. Will you sign my petition supporting this bill?

Bills like these that seek to help individuals stay in or return to the United States are only introduced to Congress under special circumstances – the individuals they seek to protect must make valuable contributions to society, and be needed by family here in the U.S. Maria is undoubtedly one of these individuals.

Sign my petition now to help bring Maria back to the United States.

Maria began her career as a nursing home housekeeper and went on to become a respected oncology nurse who served underprivileged patients in California. She owned a home here, and neither her or her husband hold criminal records.

Now, Maria is in Mexico, along with her 12 year old son who has never been to the country before. Her family is torn apart, and my local community feels her absence. Please, sign my petition to reunite Maria with her family in the U.S.

Thank you for your support,

Nancy MacKinnon