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Group Flies "Dump Trump" Banner over Amazon Shareholders' Meeting

Women's advocacy group Ultraviolet Action flew a banner over Amazon's annual shareholders meeting Tuesday that said "Shareholders to Amazon: #DumpTrump." (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia)
Women's advocacy group Ultraviolet Action flew a banner over Amazon's annual shareholders meeting Tuesday that said "Shareholders to Amazon: #DumpTrump." (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia)
May 17, 2016

SEATTLE - The women's advocacy group Ultraviolet Action has taken to the skies above Seattle, asking the company Amazon to stop selling Donald Trump merchandise in its online marketplace.

The group commissioned a plane to fly a banner over Amazon's annual shareholders' meeting today.

The banner reads, "Shareholders to Amazon: Dump Trump." Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer for Ultraviolet Action, insists the message isn't intended to be political.

"The reality is that only one candidate is saying these sorts of hateful things," says Roland. "And Jeff Bezos and the leadership at Amazon need to look really hard in the mirror and ask themselves is that what they want Amazon.com to be associated with?"

Last week, 1,500 shareholders sent Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a letter, also asking him to stop selling Trump merchandise.

It says what it describes as the "misogyny, racism and outright bigotry" of the presumptive Republican nominee poses a risk to Amazon's reputation.

More than 50,000 people have signed in support of the letter.

Amazon sells merchandise related to multiple candidates. But the company also has a history of taking down controversial merchandise.

Last year, Amazon stopped selling confederate flags after a shooting at an historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Two years earlier, Roland says Amazon pulled an "ex-girlfriend shooting target" because of the outrage the product provoked.

"A number of Ultraviolet members saw that they were selling a shooting target and were outraged that they were selling something that promotes domestic violence," says Roland. "And Amazon almost immediately took that off their site."

Since Trump began campaigning for the presidency last year, a number of companies have taken steps to distance themselves from him.

Macy's pulled Trump's clothing line and NBC ended a television contract with him shortly after his presidential announcement speech, citing comments Trump had made about Mexican immigrants.

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - WA