Amazon is getting used to fielding jabs from politicians. President Donald Trump spent most of last week berating the company. But this time, the Seattle tech giant is under attack from political organizers in its hometown.
Demonstrators gathered at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters Tuesday evening to protest “Amazon and big business” and support a tax on the city’s biggest companies. The tax would fund affordable housing, which is in short supply in fast-growing Seattle.
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant headlined the protest as part of an ongoing campaign to mount support for a per-employee tax on the city’s largest businesses. Though Amazon isn’t the only company that would be affected, it is the most visible symbol of the rapidly evolving tech economy that is generating massive wealth but pushing out lower-income residents in Seattle.