by Ronnie Estoque
“If we don’t get it, shut it down!” was among the shouts that rang through the streets of downtown Seattle yesterday as Christian Smalls led a Black Friday protest against Amazon. Smalls, a five-year employee of the Seattle-based online retail giant, was fired in March of this year for speaking out about workers contracting COVID-19 at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York.
Smalls, who since has become an outspoken critic of Amazon’s labor practices, formed his own organization called The Congress of Essential Workers (T.C.O.E.W.) to raise awareness about Amazon’s widely reported labor practices. During the pandemic he led a protest of about 50 Amazon workers to urge the company to close down the Staten Island facility after positive cases of COVID-19 were made public. He was then fired by Amazon following the protest, and on November 12, decided to file a class action lawsuit against the company for a termination he views as unjustified.
“They [Amazon] took away the hazard pay back in June; they took away the unlimited paid time off, and people are still contracting this virus,” Smalls said. “They [Amazon workers] deserve a pay increase; essential workers should be paid as a necessity.”
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by Elizabeth Turnbull
While long lines, capitalism, and chaotically close crowds seem to epitomize the essence of Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving that many retail stores depend on to stay afloat — some young Black entrepreneurs are providing an opportunity to holiday shop and promote Black wealth at the same time this Friday.
After the early morning Black Friday frenzy on Nov. 27, young Black business owners in the “It’s Never 2 Early 2 Create & Innovate” virtual marketplace will showcase products that include unique clothing, cosmetics, oils, engraved items, and T-shirts. It all takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. this Friday.
Continue reading Black Friday Event Provides Opportunity to Invest in Young Black Entrepreneurs
by Alex Garland
Shouts of, “Nobody pays!” and “Black Friday deal, 100 percent off Light Rail fare!” could be heard as the doors opened at light rail stops from Mt. Baker to the University of Washington, when between 30 and 40 activists took their fight against what they considered to be class warfare on Nov. 29. Continue reading Black Friday Fare Strikers Protest Against Enforcement Policies
by Marcus Harrison Green
Count Monika Matthews among the growing legion of Americans who abhor the consumerist carnage induced by Black Friday, the day when retail store aisles become indiscernible from WWE wrestling rings. Continue reading For Local Merchants, Small Biz Saturday Outpaces Black Friday Rush