A group of about 100 environmental activists, The Congress of Essential Workers, marched to Jeff Bezos’ Beverly Hills mansion to protest on October 4th at 2 PM.
The Congress of Essential Workers consists of Amazon employees who seek change in Amazon’s working conditions and Amazon’s environmental impact. The video shows protesters chanting phrases such as “tax Bezos” and “billionaires they gotta go.”
On Twitter, the United Teachers of Los Angeles promoted the planned protest, encouraging others to actively participate in the protest for change to occur. The Tweet claimed that “Corporate greed fuels the climate emergency” and “The wrong Amazon is burning.”
March to Jeff Bezos' Beverly Hills mansion!
2PM on Sunday, October 4
Corporate greed fuels the climate emergency. We need a coalition of environmentalists, workers, and customers to fight back, and that’s what this protest today represents.#PeopleOverProfit #ClimateActivism pic.twitter.com/H80bgvXZKK
— United Teachers Los Angeles #Yeson15 (@UTLAnow) October 1, 2020
The Congress of Essential Workers’ list of demands includes higher taxes on billionaires like Jeff Bezos, an increase in pay for Amazon workers by $2 per hour, and free healthcare and childcare for employees.
They also demanded that the company provides workers with better sanitizing and protection equipment after it was reported that 20,000 Amazon warehouse workers were tested positive for COVID-19.
Andrew Lewis, North Westwood Neighborhood Council board member and one of the 100 people to protest in front of Bezos’ home expressed that “Amazon is far and beyond the wealthiest corporation on the planet. They have the resources to keep their employees safe and healthy, and actively choose not to.”