Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 10/31/18
We are so blessed here in Oregon to have the most accessible voting system in the country, and our first action today is to remind everyone who hasn’t already to VOTE!
In addition, we have an on line petition asking Amazon CEO NOT to sell his facial recognition software to ICE and a local action which invites you to ask your local Starbucks store manager to stop using milk from Darigold dairies where workers are unsafe.
When you are done with this week’s actions, invite your friends to join us by sending this link to 10 of your friends.
Please note that the next Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance’s Interfaith service will be in January and we will be moving to an evening time frame.
Blessings and Solidarity,
Rabbi Debra for the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance
Portland Voters! Also vote
*Yes* on 26-199 and *Yes* on 26-201
Tell Amazon, No Collaboration with ICE!
Despite his claims of support for migrants, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been secretly trying to sell ICE – Immigration Customs and Enforcement – his racially discriminatory facial recognition software, called Rekognition.1
Arming ICE with real-time facial recognition surveillance technology would supercharge the agency’s deportation machine, and could make undocumented immigrants afraid to seek out vital services in places that might have cameras.2 And given how frequently Amazon’s technology misidentifies Black people, it would increase the number of dangerous interactions between Black people and ICE’s law enforcement agents.
As law enforcement spy on Black activists, and the Trump administration continues its assault on immigrants’ rights, putting Amazon’s facial recognition surveillance tools in the hands of ICE and law enforcement will reproduce and amplify existing systems of oppression.3
Dairy workers and the United Farm Workers are asking for your support in an effort to get better working conditions at all the Darigold member dairies in the Pacific Northwest.
Please take this letter to your local Starbucks manager, asking for Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, to hold a meeting with United Farm Workers in order to understand the worker issues and demand that Darigold insure that their member dairies all provide a workplace free from sexual harassment, wage theft, and safety and other violations.
Background: Twelve dairy workers, the “Darigold Dozen,” brought a lawsuit against Ruby Ridge Farms (part of the Darigold cooperative of dairy farms) to remedy work conditions that Ruby Ridge refused to address. In retaliation, Ruby Ridge fired the workers and then sued them. Workers deserve to have their issues addressed without fear of retaliation! A trial has been set for February 2019 in Pasco, Washington.
Miguel Cuevas, one of the Darigold Dozen says,
“We have to stand up to these bullying actions; it’s clear they’re not only trying to punish us for standing up for ourselves, but wanting to send a message to dairy workers at other Darigold dairies this is what will happen to you if you stand up for your rights.”