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Residents, community organizations, and small businesses banded together to defeat Amazon, perhaps the most influential corporation on the planet.
The Good Jobs Clean Air NJ coalition relentlessly organized for 10 months to fight against a secret deal between Amazon and the Port Authority that would have allowed Amazon to open an Air Hub at Newark Airport without considering impacts on the surrounding community.
The Amazon Air Hub would have increased truck and airplane traffic and the pollution that comes along with it, in communities where public health is already disproportionately threatened. And despite Amazon’s job creation claims, the data show that injury rates are disproportionately high at Amazon facilities, and that average wages go down when Amazon comes into communities.
“Environmental justice and labor advocates representing Newark and Elizabeth stood strong. Our coalition is committed to setting higher standards: No more bad jobs and dirty air in black and Latinx communities. Our community deserves protection,” said Terrance L. Bankston, NJ Environmental Justice Organizer at Clean Water Action.
“This is a great victory for South Ward residents who came together in solidarity for clean air and good jobs,” said Kim Gaddy, Executive Director of South Ward Environmental Alliance. “I applaud all the residents for their participation in the fight for a healthy environment where families can work and thrive.”
We will keep fighting for good jobs with high standards and real environmental justice. Fill out this form to stay informed!
As of July 7, 2022: Amazon Hub in Newark is Canceled After Local Groups Object [New York Times]
More: Port Authority ends talks with Amazon for controversial Newark Airport air freight hub [nj.com] ; Newark Airport deal for $432M Amazon air hub collapses [northjersey.com] ; Amazon bid to put cargo hub at Newark airport is grounded [News 12 NJ]