A letter from +Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman
to +Sergey Brin
, +Larry Page
, and +David Drummond
. Please +1 and share!http://googlequitthechamber.org/letter/?p=0
Dear Larry Page and Sergey Brin,
I am writing to you as the founder and chief executive of SumOfUs, representing thousands of Google users from 38 countries, to ask Google to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
SumOfUs is a new global movement of consumers, investors and workers using our collective economic power to hold the world's corporations accountable to all those who hold a stake in their actions and move our global economic system towards social equity, democratic principles, and long-term sustainability.
Here at SumOfUs we share your deep concern about the Stop Online Piracy Act – and climate change, LGBT rights, and a host of other human rights, freedom of information, and environmental issues. Over the years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has resolutely put itself on the opposite side of these concerns. The Chamber’s policies hurt Google users all around the world every day. We, and the thousands of Google users we represent, do not believe that the Chamber embodies our values or interests – or yours.
Google is one of the iconic corporations of the information age. Your corporate ethic of ‘Don’t Be Evil’ is embedded in your products, which hundreds of millions of people all around the world use every day. And you do great good through your foundation, Google.org.
Yet many of the Chamber’s policies can easily be described as 'evil' with regard to the effects they have on your users. And that is increasingly true as your user base rapidly broadens – from the global tech community with its stake in SOPA and other internet freedom issues, to members of the working class across Europe, the U.S., and much of the rest of the world hurt by the Chamber’s obstruction of American financial reform legislation, to teenagers growing up in countries like Bangladesh whose very geographies are being redefined by the U.S.’s inability to pass serious climate legislation. We, and the Google users we represent, hope that you will choose the right path -- and take this opportunity to stand up for us, for your own employees, and for the world, and disassociate yourself from an organization so counter to your values.
As you may have noticed, we have started a global petition to that effect, found at www.googlequitthechamber.org
. Thousands of people from 38 countries have already signed the petition and cast tens of thousands of votes on the reasons they think are most important for you to leave the Chamber. We invite you to visit the site and read those reasons. Over the coming weeks we will be working to promote the petition and the site with partner organizations around the world who have the ability to reach millions of Google users. We intend to deliver these names and their comments to you, so you can see the depth of feeling on this issue from your users. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you in person.
Apple and Yahoo have taken the lead in quitting the Chamber. If you join them, others will surely follow. Your voice will continue to be heard in Congress and beyond, but with far greater clarity and fidelity to the values that Google employees – and your users – hold dear. Please, for the sake of all of us, quit the Chamber.
I look forward to your response.
Founder and President, SumOfUs
CC: David Drummond, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Google
Note: A hard copy of this letter is being sent to your attention at Google HQ in Mountain View, CA, via FedEx.