Posts Tagged ‘Amazon (Company)’
Amazon Vans Sabotaged in Solidarity with Striking Workers by Lorenzo Orsetti Anarchist Brigade: North Carolina (USA)
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
We are seldom compelled to claim the ways we choose to attack. We are not specialists, nor anarchists isolated from the acts of sabotage and theft that we know occur daily by employees within the Amazon monster. We generally prefer our actions to be just another strike amongst the many, adding to the already existent chorus of rage and discontent. As the crisis deepens and the feelings of isolation and helplessness appear to be sinking in, it is important to remember that one way of regaining agency in our lives is through attack and disruption.
It is not only the corona virus that is making our lives unbearable, but even more so, it is our continued daily lives under capitalism and state control. Amazon and other tech companies are exploiting the virus, accumulating unheard- of profits and pushing their nightmare tech world. Amazon claims to provide a safe future for society all the while continuing to put its lowest paid employees in danger of infection, biding their time until they can eliminate those positions completely and replace them with automation and robots.
Along with all these reasons, we chose to sneak into one of Amazon’s parking areas and slash the tires of eight delivery vans – for the sheer pleasure of feeling alive and for the continuation of resistance during a confusing time. We know this is just one drop in a vast sea, but to quote a fallen comrade, “Always remember that ‘every storm begins with a single raindrop.’ And try to be that raindrop yourself.”
In solidarity with the striking Amazon workers!
For ourselves and towards an eternal mayday for all of us!
– Lorenzo Orsetti Anarchist Brigade in North Carolina
Monday, May 4th, 2020
For autonomous, decentralized May Day, we torched an Amazon van in Los Angeles County.
We could not sit idly by and watch the spread of COVID-19 turn ICE detention centers into full blown death camps
Amazon provides the cloud servers that hosts the Investigative Case Management system, the database utilized by ICE and other Federal agencies to compile public and private data to track and deport immigrants. Amazon plays a role in every raid; every family separation; and every death at the hands of ICE. It was the goal of this action to raise the stakes for companies like Amazon that provide critical border enforcement infrastructure.
In solidarity with with migrants currently on hunger strike in ICE facilities throughout the country. In solidarity with warehouse and grocery workers engaging in wildcat strikes on May Day.
Against the imposition of borders and the proliferation of the surveillance state
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
Anarchist Insurgency Cell – Informal Anarchist Federation
We spray painted anarchist, anti-police, anti-capitalist, and anti-fascist symbols and slogans on the front of a Whole Foods supermarket. We did this in Los Angeles on February 16, 2020. Whole Foods is owned by Amazon, whose CEO Jeff Bozos is the richest man in the world. We wanted to send a clear message to him and capitalists everywhere.
We disabled the Amazon Locker at the supermarket as an act of economic sabotage against Amazon. We spray painted the screen, keypad, and security camera on the locker. We wrote “Fuck Bezos” on it to make it clear that this is an attack on capital and not the workers.
Amazon has collaborated with La Migra aka I.C.E. by snitching on undocumented workers who have gone on strike. They have supported the surveillance capitalist infrastructure of police state with Amazon Web Services. We wrote “Green Capital” on a wall mounted statue of a tree to make clear our hatred of green-washing. We painted the anti-fascist symbol of the three arrows to make our opposition to fascism known. We wrote 1312 multiple times to demonstrate our hatred of the police. In addition we sprayed mash capital over the front doors. We destroyed advertisements, painted over a vending machine, and painted over a few surveillance cameras.
To take credit for the action, we wrote AIC FAI and FAI next to the anarchy symbol (which we painted all over).
Tags: Amazon (Company), Anarchist Insurgency Cell / FAI, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE), Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), Los Angeles, Migrant Struggle, Paint attack, Racism, Sabotage, USA, Vandalism
Posted in Direct Action
Sunday, December 15th, 2019
From It’s Going Down:
Report from insurrectionary anarchist publication Anathema on the growth of networks of surveillance being developed by Amazon and local police departments.
In November, The Intercept reported that internal documents at Ring, the home security company owned by Amazon, reveal that the company is planning to create automated neighborhood “watch lists” by incorporating facial recognition technology into its increasingly vast network of “smart home” doorbell cameras. The feature would alert camera-owners via smartphone when someone deemed “suspicious” pops up on their cameras. Like the old-fashioned “neighborhood watch” that Ring wants to replace, the feature would extend the power of the police and as well as make certain areas of town more dangerous for anyone Ring camera owners deem “suspicious.”
Ring’s documents do not define what “suspicious” means. In practice, this will likely be defined by gentrifiers and cops, whose systemic racism is well documented. At its core, the watch list would identify people who “don’t belong” in certain areas; this means black and brown people, poor people, and anyone whose appearance deviates from social norms. Ring’s Neighbors program — an online discussion forum between camera owners — is already well known for its aggressive racism and for generally heightening distrust and paranoia within neighborhoods. For many people, Ring’s new feature would make it dangerous to be in certain neighborhoods at all — a victory for the forces of gentrification everywhere.
Ring doorbell cameras have already allowed police to significantly expand their operations, simply by appropriating private citizens’ technology for no additional expense. The technology therefore has immense “value,” not only for the company, but for the state. For decades it’s been steadily expanding policing in order to keep its increasingly immiserated people under control, while struggling to balance its own budgets. (more…)
Tags: Amazon (Company), Anathema, Facial Recognition, Intelligent Surveillance, Palantir, Rekognition, Repression, Ring (Surveillance Company), Smart Cities, Surveillance, USA
Posted in Social Control