Hunger strike. No food. No water. Until Amazon changes inhuman policies.
In the end of the life we will not be proud about a huge number of comments we left on the Internet remaining Anonymous. But we will be proud about doing things that nobody has done before.
Earlier I got messages from other guys supporting me saying: your action is not efficient. Amazon doesn't care about you. Amazon even doesn't care about health of warehouse workers. Ambulance is staying near of the warehouse instead of providing healthy working conditions. My response is: this is the exact sense of my action. To show, to prove: Amazon doesn't care about our health, Amazon doesn't care when employees die, Amazon doesn't care when their relatives die. I am on the 3rd day of hunger strike without water and I feel myself the winner. Amazon doesn't react at all. Can the evidence be more clear than that?
I feel myself warmer. Weather in Seattle is almost the same. But the body warms itself more. There is some biological process: the more warm - the less water, hence the less water - the more warm.
Brain works well, I can work with laptop like in normal course of things.
And I save a lot of time by not eating :)
I am near of Amazon Spheres, at my usual place.
First things first. Need to set up the banner.
Bungee cords is the necessary thing any protester should have.
If there are public bars, trees etc which are not private - they can help to hold the banner
Everything is ready. Now sitting with laptop and relaxing
Here is how other Amazonians see me
And here is how I see them
If somebody sees my face and thinks I am sad because of strike - I am not. I am sad because I read news update about another suicide committed at Amazon fulfillment center by Amazon worker.
We meet here with international journalists making documentary movie about Amazon. Oh, it is hard job to be an actor.
We spent here a lot of time while operator made videos from multiple positions. Journalists were so nice, I did everything I could for them. The more people will know the true about Amazon the better.
Apart from European journalists, people on the street make photos of me.
Amazon security saw the big camera of journalists and approached us immediately.
Initially, they started assembling in the hallway of Amazon
They told about rights (or having no rights) to stay at Amazon property etc. Finally they agreed we are on the public sidewalk.
If Amazon prevents journalists from shooting protest, what does Amazon hide? We know.
Amazon security leave the scene without hope to stop my videotaping
They can't do anything with us while we are on the public sidewalk (which is property of people, not of Amazon)
I made few shots of security guy on my phone. He asked me to stop taping. I said, no. When I protested near of Van Vorst Amazon building, security guys video taped my leafleting, myself, told me directly that they "will document everything". When I made a shot of security, they asked me to stop. Where is the logic?
Other people can come and stay in between of Amazon Spheres. Nobody is asked to leave. But when journalists videotaping protest, Amazon asks to leave its property immediately. There is something this company is hiding.
Guys from union for service workers working for Amazon told me they are even prohibited to make posts on social networks. That sucks.
I am completely out of electricity. I forgot to charge power bank and laptop yesterday falling sleep.
Now going to Seattle Central Library for electricity and to make myself warm.
Tomorrow I will be between Seattle Times and Amazon Arizona following advice in the comment.
Then I can get attention of both.
Got some charge for laptop and power bank. Instead of Spheres, I will go to Amazon Arizona now. Why wait? Will be there in about 1.5 hour.
I spoke with Seattle Times journalist. He also told me about some terrible cases that he heard from Amazon employees. But nobody promise to make a publication :( Instead they suggested working for Seattle Times as an engineer.. I am not looking for a job yet ...
In the end of the day I got official response from the Amazon. It was very simple: "You are asshole, ... low performer, ... criminal, .... need to kick your ass..." You don't believe?
My manager Uwais Khan has nothing else to respond. He didn't argue with my story. He didn't argue about facts of oppression. The only thing he can respond is to post some unrelated dirt about me. Which is related neither to my story nor to the Amazon. Unless "Anonymous" guys send me their names, photos and badges, by default I admit this as an official response from Amazon. The only guy interested to insult me is my manager Uwais Khan. When I complained about him to HR, he laughed together with HR in front of my face. He is still laughing.