TUES 8AM: Plane, Protest At Amazon Shareholder Meeting Urges Retail Giant to Stop Funding Right-Wing Hate, Drop Breitbart

Care2, UltraViolet, MoveOn.org, SumOfUs, The Representation Project, Sleeping Giants Deliver 1.2 Million Signatures to Amazon Shareholder Meeting Calling on Amazon to Stop Advertising on Right-Wing Hate Website

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, May 23rd, a coalition of progressive organizations including Care2, MoveOn.org, The Representation Project, Sleeping Giants, SumOfUs and UltraViolet, will hold a rally outside Amazon’s shareholder meeting at Fremont Studios demanding that Amazon sever ties immediately with the right-wing news outlet Breitbart over its promotion of white supremacy, bigotry, and misogyny.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 23rd.  8:30am to 10:00am PT

WHERE: Amazon’s Annual General Meeting. Fremont Studios, 155 N 35th St. Seattle, WA

At the action, the groups will deliver more than 1.2 million signatures urging the company to cut ties with Breitbart as a plane flies over the shareholder meeting with a banner reading:

“AMAZON STOP FUNDING HATE. DROP BREITBART.”

Breitbart is the white nationalist website formerly run by Trump adviser Steve Bannon. The website routinely promotes racist, sexist, and Islamophobic content with headlines like: “Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy” and “The Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage.” Virtually every major corporation worldwide has blocked their ads from appearing on Breitbart, but one glaring exception remains: Amazon.

With ads regularly appearing on the website, Amazon is one of Breitbart’s most visible and prolific sponsors. In November 2016, an anonymous group called Sleeping Giants launched a Twitter account to let companies know about their presence on Breitbart. Since then, they have successfully convinced more than 2,000 companies to drop their ads from the alt-right site.

Amazon has yet to comment on its relationship with Breitbart, but in March, over 560 Amazon employees signed a letter asking their employer to stop advertising on the site.

VIEW THE PETITIONS HERE: