- Jenn Hardy
(San Bernardino County, California)— Today, Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Colton) issued this statement regarding the leaked Amazon community engagement plan:
Today, I discovered my name mentioned multiple times in a leaked Amazon community engagement plan for Southern California. I wear it as a badge of honor for being recognized for standing up for both environmental justice and workers.
In the Inland Empire, where we continue to struggle with some of the poorest air quality in the country, I am dedicated to crafting policies that safeguard both health and good jobs. Tomorrow, I'm hosting a conversation on warehouses, striving to involve stakeholders with diverse perspectives to foster a more inclusive dialogue on long term sustainability in the Inland Empire.
The leaked PR plan also reveals Amazon's strategy of funneling funds to non-profits to oppose crucial legislation protecting our communities from the impact of warehouses and hindering labor organizing. It's disheartening to see Amazon bypassing direct community engagement and the requested community protections to instead prioritizing financial incentives to advance their business objective.
Real support comes from real community engagement.
Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes is available for interviews in Spanish and English. The Majority Leader Emerita of the California State Assembly represents Assembly District 50 which includes all or parts of the cities of Colton, Fontana, Loma Linda, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, and San Bernardino, as well as unincorporated Bloomington.