Microsoft employees have urged company CEO Satya Nadella that Microsoft should stop cooperating with U.S. law enforcement agencies, primarily the one in Seattle, in the future. Microsoft should also support a petition for the resignation of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and back demands for demilitarization and police budget cuts. More than 250 employees had expressed solidarity with the mail sent to Nadella on Monday, reports the blog One Zero.
"Our neighborhood has turned into a war zone"
The background is the nationwide protests that flared up in the USA after the black American George Floyd was killed in a violent arrest. Previously, a police officer had been kneeling on his back and neck for several minutes. Police are cracking down on some of the protests – which the Mail describes with the words "Our neighborhood has turned into a war zone".
In the email, published in full by Onezero, the author or authors let slip that they live in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, apparently shaken by increasingly violent protests. According to the mail, helicopter flights, gunfire and police operations with tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades were almost the order of the day, and some Microsoft employees were also affected.
Microsoft should therefore take a stand, formally condemn the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades, and also support the movement "Black Lives Matter" explain. The company is committed to the rights of African-Americans and plays an important role in the current protests. It also calls for improvements to help employees through the pandemic and protests.
"Yes. We must act."
Microsoft boss Satya Nadella loved on inquiry of the restaurant magazine Business Insider in addition to announce: "I have heard calls for action, calls for reflection, and calls for change from many staffers over the past few days. My answer to this is: Yes. We must act." In what this action consists, however, remained open. The wording of the response is also in line with what Nadella had already loved to spread as a message to the workforce a few days before the employee email, including in a blog post.
It’s not the first time Microsoft employees have objected to their employer’s involvement in projects with the police and military. Last year, for example, employees wrote an open letter demanding that company CEOs Satya Nadella and Brad Smith clarify a $480 million hardware contract with the U.S. military. Microsoft welcomes the feedback of the employees, it hopped it at that time according to explanation to the press, at the course changed the enterprise however nothing.