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The New York Times reports that a new coalition, as well as a research report, suggest that a resistance movement is forming that has Amazon as its target.

According to the story, "The coalition, Athena, comprises three dozen grass-roots groups involved in issues like digital surveillance, antitrust and working conditions in warehouses … The report, from the Economic Roundtable, a nonprofit research group that focuses on social and economic issues in Southern California, delves into the largely unexplored topic of what Amazon is costing the communities where it has warehouses."

The Times writes that "while the simultaneous arrival of Athena and the report are a coincidence, they are linked by their attempts to understand and ultimately influence Amazon’s push into almost every aspect of modern life."

Some context: "Athena will be run from New York, but the real work will be done out in the field where most of the member organizations are. They include the Awood Center, a Minneapolis nonprofit that has organized Amazon workers from East Africa; Warehouse Workers for Justice, which is based in Chicago; and Fight for the Future, a group that focuses on digital issues, in Massachusetts.

"In a separate move on Monday, Fight for the Future and other groups called on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance products, including the Ring front-door monitor and Rekognition facial tracking software."

As for the Economic Roundtable report, it points out "how adept Amazon, with a stock market value of nearly $900 billion, is at getting funding from California and local communities. This included $25 million from the California Film Commission to subsidize six productions, including the third season of 'Sneaky Pete,' an Amazon crime drama, and $1.2 million from the California Office of Business and Economic Development toward an office building in Irvine for programmers."
KC's View:
Companies that have the size and influence that Amazon does deserve to be the subject of nuanced and deliberate examination. We need to know how the company affects our national infrastructure, culture, politics and governance.

This is not to suggest a knee-jerk big-is-bad approach, nor a small-is-good approach. Just that we need to have a sense of the impact of a company's ecosystem.

It is interesting that this all is happening at a time when Amazon is facing challenges from both sides of the political spectrum. It may not matter whether Donald Trump or Elizabeth Warren are elected president - Amazon may be facing regulatory pressures, though for different reasons.