Workers in contempt of social justice?

Jpharoahdoss
3 min readApr 27, 2023
Photo by Andrew Valdivia on Unsplash

Amazon decided in 2019 not to construct a second headquarters in New York. Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, stated that Amazon would have brought 25,000 to 40,000 well-paying jobs and nearly $30 billion in new revenue to finance transit improvements, new housing, schools, and numerous other quality-of-life improvements.

Cuomo attributed this lost economic opportunity to “a small group of politicians who prioritized their own narrow political interests over the community.”

The political opposition to Amazon believed that the world’s wealthiest company did not deserve the enormous tax breaks that New York offered to entice the company away from other communities that offered their own incentives. Cuomo argued that Amazon would have brought sufficient investment to New York to justify the tax breaks and establish New York as a tech center to rival San Francisco.

US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among the most vocal opponents of tax breaks for Amazon. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez celebrated when New York lost the Amazon contract, telling her supporters, “Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the richest man in the world.”

According to Ocasio-Cortez, their opposition to Amazon did not cost New York jobs…

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Jpharoahdoss

J. Pharoah Doss is a columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.