View the Google Shareholder Meeting video, Rev. Jackson's remarks and David Drummond's responses at http://www.tubechop.com/watch/3245761
Rev Jesse Jackson and Rainbow PUSH Coalition Applaud Google’s Decision to Release their Equal Employment Opportunity Data
“Google has made a bold, positive and necessary decision to release their Equal Employment Opportunity Report. It is a transparent effort that will unveil the facts and data about the gender and racial composition of Google’s workforce. They are to be commended.
“Google’s data will not be pretty, reflecting the lack of inclusion of African Americans, Latinos and other people of color in technology. But it is a move to take an honest and straightforward look at the data and then launch remedies to expand the participation of women and people of color in the tech industry. This move toward greater inclusion must begin at the top. Most tech companies have ZERO Blacks, or Latinos on their Boards and in their C-suites.”
We believe it is time for other tech companies to follow Google’s lead. We challenge them to also voluntarily release their Equal Employment Opportunity Data/Reports,” stated the Rev. Jesse Jackson. According to Mike Swift, writing for the San Jose Mercury News, Apple, Yahoo, Oracle and Applied Materials “waged an 18-month Freedom of Information battle with the Mercury News.” Jackson also urged non-tech companies like Coke, Home Depot and Equifax to follow suit and release their employment data.
Reverend Jackson added, “This is the 21st century. It is astonishing that these tech companies have fought to keep this information from the public. They should have nothing to hide or fear and if you are doing good work, much to be proud of and to promote.”
Silicon Valley and the tech industry have demonstrated an ability to solve the most challenging and complex problems in the world. Inclusion is a complex problem – if we put our collective minds together, we can solve that too. There’s nothing we can’t do, together.
Silicon Valley must evolve and expand to look like America, and mirror American values and principles – we must even the playing field and play by one set of rules.
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Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.
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