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- Tech companies like Facebook and Apple are pledging large donations to several civil right movements amid the George Floyd protests.
- This comes as Zuckerberg faces backlash from employees over President Trump’s recent posts.
As multiple industries decry the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers while protesters take to the streets to demonstrate against police brutality, Silicon Valley is taking a stand.
Power players like Facebook, Airbnb Cisco, and Apple, among other companies, have pledged large donations to organizations dedicated to racial justice in the U.S.
In one of the most sizable donations, Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pledged $10 million to social justice organizations in a Facebook post, saying that the organization will work with civil rights advisors to strategize where the funding can carry the most weight.
“I know that $10 million can’t fix this. It needs sustained, long term effort. One of the areas Priscilla and I have personally worked on and where racism and racial disparities are most profound is in the criminal justice system,” Zuckerberg wrote. “I hope that as a country we can come together to understand all of the work that is still ahead and do what it takes to deliver justice — not just for families and communities that are grieving now, but for everyone who carries the burden of inequality.”
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This announcement follows a virtual walkout orchestrated by Facebook employees in response to the company’s decision not to remove President Trump’s recent inflammatory posts. Several employees have reportedly quit due to the decision.
CNBC further profiles multiple other tech industry giants who intend to donate large sums to civil rights organizations.
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins also pledged $5 million to the groups Color of Change, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Black Lives Matter and the Equal Justice Initiative, writing on Twitter that “This is just the beginning.”
As I’ve said, we need ACTION to eradicate racism, inequality, and injustice. The first step for @Cisco is committing $5M to @eji_org, @NAACP_LDF, @colorofchange, @blklivesmatter & our own fund for Fighting Racism and Discrimination. This is just the beginning. #BlackLivesMatter
— Chuck Robbins (@ChuckRobbins) June 1, 2020
Likewise, Youtube, Uber and Intel will all contribute $1 million in donations to support nonprofit organizations working for equal rights. Apple and Airbnb each donate $500,000 and continue to match employee donations to groups like the NAACP and Black Lives Matter.
We stand with #BlackLivesMatter. We are donating a total of $500,000 to the @NAACP and the @Blklivesmatter Foundation in support of their fight for equality and justice, and we’ll be matching employee donations to both groups. Because a world where we all belong takes all of us. pic.twitter.com/lIfsLgvq2H
— Airbnb (@Airbnb) June 1, 2020
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