Protesters swarmed City Hall as New York’s city council held its first in a series of hearings about Amazon’s HQ2 deal on Wednesday.
As the hearing was set to begin, many angry New Yorkers gathered on the steps of City Hall, chanting “G-T-F-O Amazon has got to go” and “We need money for education, not for banks and corporations.”
Between chants, speakers shared stories on behalf of Amazon workers who they said had reached out to them prior to the protest. Others expressed their own fears about what HQ2 means for New Yorkers and communities in Queens.
There were protesters from a number of organizations, including the New York City Democratic Socialists; New York Communities for Change; the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; and the Long Island City Coalition. Individual speakers included assembly member Latrice Walker and city council member Jumaane Williams.
Miguel Adams, a representative of VOCAL NY, which assists formerly incarcerated New Yorkers, said he fears Amazon will continue to gentrify New York and displace working-class families.
“We have been bamboozled by Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo. We must hold Amazon accountable, but we must hold these two accountable too,” he said.
Here’s what the protest was like: