MAJOR VICTORY: Coalition Responds to Amazon’s Decision to Pull out of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2019

PRESS CONTACTS: Cabot Lee Petoia, 828-899-9239, cabot@megaphonestrategies.com; Kawana Lloyd, 240-472-2860, kawana@megaphonestrategies.com

***Interviews Available***

“This is what accountability looks like.”

New York, New York; Arlington, VA; and Nashville, TN -- In response to the breaking news that Amazon is canceling plans to move part of its HQ2 headquarters to NYC, a coalition of community advocates from New York, Northern Virginia, and Nashville released the following statement (full list of coalition signatories also below):

“Today marks an important organizing victory for New York City residents, proving that community-led organizing and courageous local leadership can shape the world we want. Communities in Northern Virginia and Nashville will continue to fight for good jobs, affordable housing, and a country where we all pay our fair share, because we know that when we stand together, we can fuel change that lifts all of us up.

“Our victory against a $1 trillion giant is a clear example of what happens when we stand up for our shared values and fight for the future of our neighborhoods. We have a vision of a safe and sustainable future for our cities and Amazon is at odds with that vision. This is what accountability looks like.

“This is a national fight. Since day one of the HQ2 search, communities across the country have challenged Amazon's empire building. This isn’t just happening in New York; other communities are demanding accountability, too.  Communities of color, immigrant families, women, and millennials in and around the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia and the urban core of Nashville, Tennessee, demand decent and affordable homes, safe, stable jobs, and reliable public transit--and want immediate answers and accountability from Amazon.

“What happens next is up to us. Together, we will continue pressing our demands that Amazon show up in our communities to listen to community members about real concerns regarding jobs, displacement, rising housing costs, lack of transparency, and shutting communities out of processes.”

To interview a local organizer from New York, Northern Virginia, or Nashville, please contact cabot@megaphonestrategies.com or call 828-899-9239.

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National Organizations

Action Center on Race and the Economy
Center for Popular Democracy
Daily Kos
Demand Progress
Jobs with Justice
Partnership for Working Families
SumOfUs
MPower

New York City

ALIGN NY
CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities
DRUM- Desis Rising Up and Moving
Make the Road New York
New York Communities for Change
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)

Northern Virginia

Justice for Muslims Collective
La ColectiVA
Our Revolution Arlington
SURJ Northern Virginia
Tenants and Workers United
D.C. Tech Workers Coalition
Metro DC DSA Northern Virginia Branch
Grassroots Alexandria
New Virginia Majority
For Us, Not Amazon Coalition (FUNA)

Nashville

Stand Up Nashville