August 3, 2020

No corporate immunity

Corporations that abuse communities and the planet should be held responsible for the damage they cause. Period.

But all too often, corporations operate with impunity. They trample human rights, devastate democracy, and destroy the planet in the name of profits without facing any consequences for the lives and livelihoods they’ve ruined.

That’s why I’m so concerned about a plan moving through the U.S. Senate that would further shield corporations from any accountability if they are complicit in spreading COVID-19 to their workers and customers. That’s right, the Senate leadership wants to proactively give corporations immunity for knowingly worsening a global pandemic.

But you can make sure it doesn’t pass. Join more than 100,000 people who have already demanded that the Senate reject a corporate immunity deal.

Here’s how it would work: If a corporation forced workers to come back to the job without appropriate safety measures in place, and that contributed to people getting COVID-19, corporations would be protected from lawsuits while workers and customers pay the life-threatening consequences.

This plan is part of the broader relief bill meant to address the economic fallout from the pandemic. And instead of worrying about the millions of people who will lose their jobs, face eviction, or struggle to find food, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is protecting wealthy and powerful corporations.

If you are as disturbed by this plan as I am, I hope you’ll take a stand and demand that the Senate reject any immunity for corporations around COVID-19. Add your name.

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