Hey, Jeff Bezos: I work for Amazon and I’m protesting against your firm’s climate inaction

Later this month, more than 1,000 Amazon staffers will walk out to demand action. Rebecca Sheppard is one of the strikes organizers Since late last year, a group of workers within Amazon have been organizing to push the company to radically reduce its carbon emissions. Yesterday, they Global Climate Strike. So far, more than 1,000 workers have pledged to participate. The organizers have three demands. They want the company to commit to zero emissions by 2030, to have zero custom cloud computing contracts with fossil fuel companies and to spend zero dollars on funding climate-denying lobbyists and politicians. I spoke to one of the walkouts organizers, a 28-year-old Amazon employee in Seattle named Rebecca Sheppard. We spoke about the origins …

Queer Appalachia: Instagram Account Is Trying to Fight Opioid Addiction

Have a great #saturdaynightinthecountry from me, @soft.queer.soft.belly & @le_traneur #queerappalachia #electricdirt A post shared by Queer Appalachia (@queerappalachia) on Jul 6, 2019 at 5:47pm PDT The group of people behind Queer Appalachia also draw attention to the plights of individual queer people in the region, particularly transgender people in need of shelter or money, by posting the persons Venmo or Paypal information on Instagram and asking for donations to help them. Gina Mamone, one of the collective founders and Queer Appalachias media curator, who goes colloquially by their last name and uses they/them pronouns, said that when the artists laying the groundwork for the Electric Dirt zine, they envisioned it being a small project. But by the time the group …