Tell Amazon: Stop the Hypocrisy and Get Out of North Carolina

Last month, North Carolina passed one of the worst anti-LGBT laws in the U.S. The law blocked local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules to grant protections to gay and transgender people. They also made it illegal for transgender individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds with their identity.

Who knew legislators could act so fast? It took them just 12 hours to introduce, debate and pass the bill, and for Governor Pat McCrory to sign HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, into law.

Since then, multiple companies, including PayPal, have canceled or put on hold plans to move to North Carolina, which has cost the state hundreds of jobs and millions of tax dollars.

Panicked by the disastrous economic fallout as a result of HB2, Governor McCrory on April 12 signed an executive order he said “expanded” the state’s employment policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

But the Republican governor still stood firm on the provision restricting transgender bathroom access.

This puny attempt is clearly too little, too late. “Governor McCrory’s actions today are a poor effort to save face after his sweeping attacks on the LGBT community,” said Sarah Preston, acting executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.

The “Bathroom Bill”

When Sarah Rose, Care2’s Social Media Associate and Queer Issues Advocate, learned of North Carolina’s law, she was outraged and decided to create her own

“As a transgender person, I know firsthand what it’s like to worry about going to the bathroom in public,” Rose told me. “I’m not there to sexually harass anyone or make anyone feel uncomfortable, I just want to pee. Laws like the one recently passed in North Carolina do nothing to protect anyone, they just inspire fear and unfair discrimination against a class of people who need it the most.”

In her petition, Rose asks Amazon to relocate its Charlotte-based service and fulfillment center out of North Carolina. As Rose suggests, it is the height of hypocrisy for Amazon, a company that exhibits a familiarity and acceptance of LGBTQ issues, and has an in-house organization, GLAmazon, that represents those issues inside the company, to remain in North Carolina.

34,000 Care2 Activists Ask Amazon To Get Out Of North Carolina

Rose’s petition has so far garnered over 34,000 signatures, so hopefully Amazon will soon be joining PayPal and a growing list of others, who want nothing to do with North Carolina after the passage of HB2.

PayPal cited the state law as the reason it cancelled plans for a $3.6 million expansion in Charlotte, which would have created 400 jobs. In the following days, Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert in Greensboro and Deutsche Bank has put on hold a planned 250-job expansion in the state.

Lionsgate has decided to move the filming for a comedy series pilot episode to Canada. Braeburn Pharmaceuticals has said it is reconsidering plans for a $50 million facility in Durham County.

Both Biogen, which has more than 1,000 employees in the state, and the Dow Chemical Co. have tweeted their objections to the new law. Even bigger, the High Point Market Authority is reporting that hundreds or thousands of retailers and designers who usually attend this weekend’s High Point Furniture market won’t be visiting this year because of HB2.

Take Action

Rose’s petition clearly highlights the bigotry displayed by the legislators of North Carolina. If you agree with Rose, please take action by signing her petition asking Amazon to relocate its North Carolina fulfillment center out of state.

Sarah Rose is using her Care2 petition to fight for a cause she believes in. And if you have an issue that is deeply important to you, you can create your own Care2 petition, just as Rose did. This handy guide will help you get started, and pretty soon you’ll find Care2’s community of activists signing up to support you.

 

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70 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran1 years ago

noted

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees1 years ago

Amazon is not the government, if they and others leave NC it will only hurt the people of NC in lost jobs.

Get the government out of our bathrooms?
"We Need Separation of Bathroom and State"

"In other words, the state of North Carolina codified a basic libertarian principle: the separation of bathroom and state.

The only place where bathrooms, showers, etc., must conform with biological sex is in government owned facilities — courtrooms, city halls, schools, etc., where this separation is not possible. So yes, in North Carolina 12-year old boys, defined by what body parts they are sporting, may not use the girls’ locker room and showers after gym class at the local public middle school. Of course private middle schools are free to do what they want. If not believing that this is unjust discrimination makes me a bigot, then so be it."
https://mises.org/blog/we-need-separation-bathroom-and-state

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Timothy W.
Timothy W1 years ago

In my state (Missouri) it is already legal to discriminate against me. There are no protections for LGBT people. A lot of people seem to be under the misconception that there are laws protecting LGBT people on a national level. There simply aren't. The republicans and there evangelical mob won't allow it. I can be refused housing service medical care and can be fired for being who I was born as.

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Timothy W.
Timothy W1 years ago

More importantly to me Dan is wondering how a state thinks it is right or constitutionally legal to make a law that directly allows the discrimination of a group of people. I ask again. Does this mean that a kristian can discriminate against other religions that go against their strongly held beliefs. Does it mean a kristian can refuse to serve a person of the wrong race because they don't believe in mixing races. Is it right that if I am in a horrible car accident that a paramedic can refuse to care for me because he or she is kristian. These laws are pointless in the first place. Religious freedom is already guaranteed to all citizens. They are just not allowed to impose those beliefs in the public sector. Can I refuse to provide service to a kristian because my beliefs tell me that they are destroying society? Or is this law truly a discrimination bill that only allows one group to discriminate against other groups?

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Timothy W.
Timothy W1 years ago

Dan.
Maybe you did not read everything I posted. I understand that because I tend to get wordy. I already stated that I am not sure it is realistic to ask them to move an entire facility. I don't know enough about the facility there and how expensive it would be to move. Keep in mind though that what many people are trying to say I believe is that it is hard for them to stick to their own practice of inclusion and non discrimination in a state that says an individual can discriminate with no recourse. I think If I owned a company such as Amazon, I would start the process of moving in a slow but timely manor attempting to do so with as little disruption as possible. As far as those people in the state that are affected by the move goes...well they have to live with their choice of law makers or lack of interest in who gets put into office. Which ever the case for them might be.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld1 years ago

Timothy,
If we required every business to move out of every state that has any law which we feel is unpalatable, business is this country would grind to a halt. Ask yourself this, would that really punish the state, or all the individuals working for that company? This is not as simple as boycotting certain products in order to extract changes from a particular company. Can you really say they are supporting the state, especially since their plant existed prior to the law to which people oppose? Would it be enough if they tried to influence lawmakers? Would that not be a better use of resources? What if they move to a new state (i.e Missouri), which subsequently passes similar legislation?

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Timothy W.
Timothy W1 years ago

People need to understand that even though we seem to hear about a few states that are passing this type legislation, such as North Carolina and Mississippi, there are others as well. Missouri is one of the first states in our country to pass laws early on against Same Gender marriage, and now today they are voting on a bill similar to North Carolina's and Mississippi's. These laws are not really designed or written to provide religious rights but to directly discriminate against a group of people. Will I be allowed to refuse to do business or work for christians who I strongly believe are harming our society. These are strongly held beliefs I have, and think that if I see a cross or fish displayed I shouldn't have to deal or associate with them.

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Timothy W.
Timothy W1 years ago

Dan they might not be supporting the law, but they are supporting the state that made the law by being there. I don't know that I believe they should move...right away anyway, but they should do what they can to sway the state they do business in.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld1 years ago

And exactly how or why should Amazon bear this burden? Is Amazon supporting this law?

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