Google Employees Perform Global Walkout in Protest of Refugee Ban

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More and more companies and corporations have come out against President Trump’s exclusionary policies and executive orders, but tech giant Google chose to take its protests further by setting up a worldwide walkout on January 30th. Over 2,000 employees in offices all over the globe left their desks and demonstrated with speeches, signs, and chants, sharing their protests using the hashtag #GooglersUnite.

The protest was organized by the employees through internal communications but the corporate side supported them fully. Google also fully matched their employees’ donations of $2 million to an emergency fund that would be distributed to nonprofit groups working to support refugees.

Google was effected by the ban when Soufi Esmaeilzadeh, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen and product manager on Google Assistant, became stranded in Zurich just after the order was signed. Once the stay on the ban was granted, their legal team was able to bring Esmaeilzadeh back to the U.S. However, as a company that hires many immigrants with H1-B visas, Google may have more issues with President Trump’s policies in the near future.

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Sara Roncero-Menendez is the Online Editor for Long Island Wins. Prior to joining the Long Island Wins team, she graduate from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and worked as a reporter for publications like Mashable, The Huffington Post, and PSFK. She became involved in immigration issues and advocacy while working towards her Masters degree at The University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. After joining the Graduate Employee Organization Local 6300, she worked on helping international and undocumented students work with the administration to get fair financial aid and fellowship opportunities. Sara also works on issues of representation in mass media, including film and television, and works on media reviews and podcast.

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