For many activists today, it may seem like the forces of business are in direct opposition to the efforts of social justice movements. The most recent and visible example of this phenomenon was the battle between activists in New York City and Amazon over the construction of its second headquarters in Long Island City.
This past Thursday, Feb. 14, Amazon announced that it would be backing out of its plan to build a new headquarters in New York City. The proposed headquarters, which was supposed to be located in Long Island City, Queens, was first announced back in November after Amazon went through an intensive search for their two new corporate locations. The proposed branch in Queens had some positives, like the thousands of jobs it would have brought to the area, but was also fraught with controversy due to the questionable methods used to lure Amazon to the company.
Of all of the issues that the United States is currently facing, none is so monolithic and far-reaching as the relationship between public institutions (read: government) and private endeavors (read: companies). From the obvious issues like healthcare, to the less clear like gun control, the relationship between the public and private sectors is becoming increasingly muddied and contentious. Across the political spectrum, there are groups that support and oppose government interference to varying extents.
On Black Friday this past week, more shopping than ever was done online: an estimated five billion dollars were spent. While this was still a gain for companies like Apple and Walmart that have large online presences, the biggest winner was obviously Amazon. According to the company, over 200,000 toys were sold in the first five hours alone.
University of Connecticut students can now support a grassroots campaign that aims to rally support around Connecticut’s bid to bring Amazon’s secondary headquarters in North America to the state.
According to Amazon’s official press release, the company plans to spend $5 billion to construct a secondary headquarters that will bring 50,000 high-paying office jobs. Amazon announced on Sept. 7 that they will entertain proposals from states and cities for this headquarters.
Two weeks ago, I finally signed up for Spotify Premium and was more than happy to accept the wonderful student discount rate of $4.99 a month. Imagine how surprised I was to learn that I even got access to Hulu with that discount.
I’m sure that, like me, many of you are broke college students. With money spent on tuition, books, food and rent, most of us barely have two pennies to put together. Luckily just like with Spotify, your student email and your student ID act as a passport to a huge world full of discounts.