Posted on April 30, 2016
Dear Google: Don’t be evil. Dump Donald Trump.
On Thursday, the CREDO Action team joined Bay Area activists and our friends at ColorOfChange, UltraViolet, Bend the Arc, Center for Media Justice, Daily Kos, Courage Campaign, Free Press Action Fund and SumOfUs to deliver 500,000 petition signatures urging Google not to sponsor a Donald Trump-led Republican convention.
Here’s a gallery of photos from the event (and of the plane that circled Google headquarters while we were delivering the petitions):
Our message was clear: Google’s sponsorship of a Trump-led convention would not only align Google’s brand with Trump’s toxic candidacy, but would help legitimize and normalize Trump’s racism, misogyny, xenophobia and hate.
And the message got out. National and local news outlets like the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC News, NBC News, The Verge, and Gizmodo immediately shared news of our protest.
But those very same reports broke some more news that we were not aware of: We had barely left Google headquarters when we got the news that Google’s YouTube will be the official livestream provider at the Republican convention in Cleveland in July. It’s a slap in the face to the hundreds of thousands of people who have urged Google not to align themselves with Trump’s hate, and a clear message from Google that access to political power is more important than standing up for its own principles against racism, xenophobia and misogyny.
If you are on Twitter you can immediately ramp up the pressure on Google by sharing any of these suggested messages:
- Dear @Google: Hate, racism, & xenophobia aren’t a good look. Neither is ignoring 500K petitions asking you to #DumpTrump. via @CREDOMobile
- Activists to @Google: Don’t support hate. Google to activists: We’re going to be hate’s official livestream partner. #DumpTrump @CREDOMobile
- Why has @Google decided to be the official livestream partner of hate, xenophobia, racism & misogyny? Tell them to #DumpTrump. @CREDOMobile
Google is paying close attention and we are not going to let them get away with their sponsorship of hate. If you’re not on Twitter, you can share this post with your friends to let them know about Google’s terrible decision, and to encourage them to become a part of the strong community opposing it by signing our petition to Google and (Microsoft) CEOs to dump Trump.
In the next few days, we’ll be working with our allies to escalate our campaign against Google and any other corporations that want to sponsor and promote Trump’s fascism.
We’re grateful for your activism so far and hope you’ll continue to join us in this fight.