Whole Foods workers protest Amazon’s
A group of anonymous Whole Foods workers on Monday denounced their parent company Amazon’s ties to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The letter from Whole Foods workers is only the latest activist push from within Amazon, where workers have been protesting their employer’s opaque relationship with ICE and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for over a year.
The bulk of the criticism has revolved around Amazon’s cloud-computing support for Palantir, the data analytics company that helps ICE track and target immigrants.
Whole Worker – the protest group of Whole Foods employees – is calling for Amazon to “cease all business with Palantir and any other company involved in the continued oppression of marginalized groups.”
“Palantir provides software that helps ICE in the deportation of undocumented people,” the workers wrote. “Undocumented people must be welcomed with compassion and treated like the political and economic asylum seekers they are.”
A coalition of immigration groups have concluded that Amazon’s cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services, supports multiple immigration-related databases for the government.
“Workers that control the levers inside Amazon must make this machine stop and turn in another direction,” they continued. “Bodies inside this machine are being mangled as it tramples on our homes, destroying families and communities. If you have your hand on one of those levers, ask yourself what can you to stop it? What will your children think? What will that child separated from their parents think?”
“Peace to you,” the letter concluded, “if you’re willing to fight for it.”