Amazon fired Christian Smalls, a Staten Island warehouse worker, just hours after he demanded corona virus protections (April, 2020). In a meeting at Amazon, David Zapolsky, Amazon's general counsel, said that 'Mr. Smalls could be protrayed as"not smart or articulate" to weaken his organizing movement for protective corona virus gear. Amazon also fired Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa for tyring to set up a meeting with Amazon's warehouse workers. "The power of large organizations to levy what are in effect taxes is commonplace. It may sometimes be exercised benevolently, but, nevertheless, it is a dictatorial power subject to no public responsibility, which is the antithesis of our democratic tradition." (1938, Thurman Arnold. FDR's asst attorney general in charge of anti-trust). Where is anti-trust legislation to break up Amazon??
To all of the looters, shame on you! You are opportunists, lawless people, and should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest. You are damaging many more lives, lives of small business owners and workers, by your unruly, illegal, and disrespectful behavior.
June 3, 2020
Shame on GrubHub, UberEats and DoorDash for charging restaurants fees of up to 40% of the total cost of the food for delivery during the Covid 19 shut-down of NYC. These high fees are killing NYC restaurants. The people in the restaurants should get the $, not some 'middleman' at GrubHub. GrubHub is holding restaurants hostage, since now restaurants depend so much on take-out food delivery.
June 10, 2020
Shame on for-profit colleges! They are taking advantage of Covid 19 to advertise heavily for more students.
Capella, Strayer, Grand Canyon Univ., DeVry Univ., Ashford Univ., owned by Zovio, American Public Univ., American Military Univ. & others have abysmal graduation rates; at Capella, only ~10% graduate within 8 years; at Strayer, 3% at its Arkansas campus graduate; and at Ashford, ~25%. Many students end up with no degree, large debt, & a poor education.
June 18, 2020 NY Times S. Butrymowicz & M. Kolodner
Aug. 1, 2020: Boycott meat from Brazilian meat producer JBS SA. This company can't keep meat from cattle grazed on burned out land in the Amazon that was supposed to be protected from its supply chain. Shame on President Bolsanaro of Brazil, and shame on his environment minister, Ricardo Salles, who is promoting deforestation of the Amazon rain forest. And kudos to Nordea Asset Management, a European investment firm, for dumping JBS SA from its funds. The European Union should stand firm and not do a trade deal with Brazil until Brazil protects the Amazon basin and stops burning it.