Plane flies over Google HQ and Bay Area w/ banner:
“Google: Don’t be evil. #DumpTrump”
Mountain View, CA, April 28, 2016 – One day before Donald Trump is scheduled to speak in the Bay Area at the California Republican Party Convention, local progressive and civil rights activists delivered 500,000 petition signatures to Google headquarters urging the company not to sponsor the Republican National Convention if Trump is the Republican nominee. Juniper Downs, Google’s Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, accepted the petition signatures on Google’s behalf and spoke with event organizers on Google’s campus. The petition delivery was organized by ColorOfChange, CREDO, UltraViolet, vsGoliath, an initiative of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Free Press Action Fund, Daily Kos, Center for Media Justice, Courage Campaign and SumOfUs.
While the petition was being delivered, a plane flew over Google headquarters with a banner reading “Google: Don’t be evil. #DumpTrump.” The plane then flew over San Francisco’s Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge.
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The petition delivery event and plane fly-over are an escalation of a national campaign led by ColorOfChange calling on major corporations like Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Walmart not to provide a platform for Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric by sponsoring the Republican National Convention. ColorOfChange has spearheaded a series of sign-on letters to major corporations that have sponsored the RNC in the past. The New York Times reported recently that Coca-Cola has already backed away from its 2012 level of support and that other corporations are growing nervous.
In a separate effort, Muslim Advocates is leading a coalition of 24 non-partisan advocacy, faith and civil rights groups to call on companies to decline any sponsorships, including in-kind contributions, of political party conventions where hateful and bigoted rhetoric is highlighted and supported.
“It is unacceptable for leading corporations like Google to sponsor hateful, violent rhetoric and policies that threaten their consumers,” said Arisha Hatch, Managing Director at ColorOfChange. “With Donald Trump as the party’s front-runner, this year’s Republican National Convention will be a spectacle of intolerance and hate speech—the antithesis of everything Silicon Valley claims to stand for. Tech companies like Google have poured millions of dollars into marketing themselves as diverse and inclusive brands, but they don’t get to pick and choose when and where they have to walk the walk. When their corporate dollars are used to fund a platform of violent hate, they are just as culpable as Trump. If Google CEO Sundar Pichai genuinely believes that we cannot ‘let fear defeat our values’ then he must not let his company fund or in any way sponsor Trump’s fear and hate at the convention.”
“Donald Trump is a fascist demagogue whose campaign is rooted in racism, fear-mongering and hate,” said Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager at CREDO Action. “Helping give Donald Trump a platform for his hateful rhetoric would be irresponsible and dangerous,” Hess continued. “It is time for Google to make a choice: Either stand up for its declared commitment to diversity and back away from Trump’s hate or publicly align its brand with Trump’s toxic candidacy.”
“Donald Trump has consistently lobbed racist, sexist, and xenophobic attacks against entire groups of people, encouraged violence and vitriol against his political enemies and perpetuated a culture of violence against women. Google should want to distance themselves from this hateful rhetoric, but instead, they are still likely to be a major sponsor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where Trump is likely to be the nominee,” said Karin Roland, Chief Campaigns Officer for UltraViolet Action, a national women’s advocacy group. “Google should live its values, ‘do no evil,’ and take a strong stand against Trump’s hate by refusing to sponsor the Republican National Convention this Summer.”
“American Jews and other communities of faith will not stand by silently while political candidates use bigoted, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric,” said Jason Kimelman-Block, Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action. “Google and other leading corporations should be opposing this hatred and extremism, not endorsing it. We join Americans across the country in calling for Google to drop its sponsorship of the Republican National Convention for as long as the party’s leading presidential candidate continues to promote hate on the campaign trail.”
“Companies like Google, Microsoft and AT&T provide millions of dollars of in-kind support and funding for both nominating conventions,” said Mary Alice Crim, Field Director at Free Press Action Fund. “By supporting a Trump-led RNC, these companies are condoning Trump’s racist and misogynistic rhetoric. They’re also condoning his call to shut down the open Internet and spy on Muslim communities. Such actions are dangerous step toward censoring all dissident voices, including those who speak out against his hatred and racism.”
“Google is one of California’s most influential companies. They claim to value diversity, mutual respect, and doing the right thing even when it’s hard,” said Eddie Kurtz, Executive Director and President of the California-based Courage Campaign. “Supporting a Trump-led convention would fly directly in the face of everything they believe in by providing a platform for Donald Trump’s brand of racism, sexism, xenophobia, and bigotry. Google has two options: either stand by their values or sponsor a convention that will amplify Trump’s message of hate and violence.”
“Google CEO Sundar Pichai has used words to make it clear there is no room for hate speech in our democracy,” said Chinyere Tutashinda, Organizer with the Center for Media Justice. “Now it’s time for him to demonstrate Google’s “don’t be evil” commitment in action. It’s time for Google to lead the tech industry once again by divesting from the racist rhetoric of a discriminatory Republican National Convention — and that will take more than talk.”