Amazon in $10 million donation to groups supporting justice and equality

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Amazon said it will donate $10 million to 11 organizations “working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of Black and African Americans.”

The donation comes amid ongoing protests over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.  Amazon said the groups, which were selected with the help of the company’s Black Employee Network (BEN), are focused on combating systemic racism through the legal system as well as those dedicated to expanding educational and economic opportunity for black communities.

In addition, BEN will receive a grant to fund local organizations that support education and racial equality initiatives in communities across the country where Amazon employees live and work. Black employees make up 26.5% of Amazon’s workforce, and 8.3% of its managers.

“The inequitable and brutal treatment of Black and African Americans is unacceptable,” Amazon stated in a blog on its website. “We believe Black lives matter. We stand in solidarity with our Black employees, customers, and partners, and are committed to helping build a country and a world where everyone can live with dignity and free from fear.”

These are the organizations that will share in Amazon’s new $10 million donation.