Published On: Sat, Jun 20th, 2020

Microsoft employees call for association to cancel the military contracts

In a new minute addressed to executive leadership, a organisation of Microsoft employees is perfectionist that a Seattle-area association finish a existent law coercion contracts.

As reported by OneZero, a letter, sent around email, emerged out of a Facebook organisation for immature employees during a company. It addresses Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President Kurt DelBene directly and was copied to 250 supporters. In a past, Microsoft employees have orderly other kinds of activism by a same Facebook group, that now has roughly 10,000 members.

Among a demands, a email calls for a association to lift a contracts with law coercion agencies, support a “defunding and demilitarization” of a Seattle Police Department and chuck a support behind Black Lives Matter Seattle. The minute also requests that managers during a association relax capability expectations and exercise a four-day work week amid a twin crises of COVID-19 and ongoing polite disturbance protesting a military murdering of George Floyd, an unarmed Black male in Minneapolis.

The minute cites a series of internal instances of military savagery and calls for “coworkers, managers, and leaders who live miles divided outward of Seattle” to overpass a gap, joining to a state-sanctioned assault maturation in Seattle’s civic center, including “24/7 helicopter noise, teargassing, flashbanging, rubber bullets, gun shots, and vans/buses filled with armed law enforcement.”

“We need recognition and consolation opposite each turn of government asap so that a weight of educating a coworkers doesn’t tumble on those of us in a center of a open reserve and mental health crisis,” a authors urge.

Last week, Nadella summarized a company’s designed response to ongoing secular misapplication in an email to employees, observant that a association would “look inside, inspect a organization, and do better.” In a letter, Nadella committed to $1.5 million in additional donations to 6 secular probity and policing remodel initiatives, including a Minnesota Freedom Fund, a Black Lives Matter Foundation and a Innocence Project.

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