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Whole Foods Workers Ask Amazon to Cut Ties With ICE-Aligned Palantir

The tensions between staff at Complete Meals and its father or mother firm Amazon proceed to rise. First, it was simply that Amazon was ruining the expertise of working at and purchasing at Complete Meals. However in the present day, a bunch of present and former Complete Meals staff known as Complete Employee (which isn’t a union, as a result of Amazon is not going to let staff unionize) put out a public assertion towards Amazon’s partnership with Palantir, an organization that gives information to ICE, “to show solidarity with our undocumented sisters, brothers, and siblings.”

The letter takes difficulty particularly with Amazon offering its internet providers know-how to Palantir, which sells information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the sale of Amazon’s personal facial-recognition software program, Rekognition, to regulation enforcement. These providers are sometimes used to deport undocumented folks and conduct raids just like the one which occurred at a meals processing plant in Mississippi this August. Final 12 months, an nameless Amazon worker revealed an op-ed on Medium titled “I’m an Amazon Employee. My Company Shouldn’t Sell Facial Recognition Tech to Police,” and over 500 Amazon staff demanded the corporate kick Palantir off their cloud for violation of phrases of service.

Complete Employees’ letter expresses solidarity with undocumented folks in America who’re searching for political and financial asylum, and “are fleeing from conditions created by destructive U.S policies, making it the responsibility of the U.S to welcome them.” The letter additionally notes “Palantir, in 2011, was involved in a plan to spy on labor unions and activists. As workers and activists actively organizing and unionizing, we see this as further proof that Amazon has no plans on respecting the rights of workers.” They demand that Amazon stop all enterprise with Palantir and some other firm “involved in the continued oppression of marginalized groups.”

This comes as an increasing number of grocery staff try to unionize, and extra individuals are keen to talk out towards the politicians and billionaires who create the circumstances the place kids die in border camps. “We recognize that expecting a company built on the exploitation of marginalized people and the working class to cease its collaboration with ICE’s deportation machine by way of moral condemnations isn’t enough,” writes Complete Employee. “Workers that control the levers inside Amazon must make this machine stop and turn in another direction.”

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