Reading https://www.elle.com/culture/tech/a30259355/google-walkout-organizer-claire-stapleton/ and oof. I kind of have a slight negative reaction to people using enslaved rhetoric to describe things (master’s tools, etc). However, there’s some stuff that’s glaring at me as “this was fucked on arrival”.
Initially, executives loudly embraced the Walkout: Googles CEO, Sundar Pichai, sent a note to the whole company expressing his support in Googlers participating.
If your corporate suite isn’t saying “yo this is cool - let us get back to you with some proposals that we can discuss” then you’re fucked. Anything else is either a shutdown or pandering.
Why dont you just quit? my husband asked in one of our many anguished conversations about how untethered and toxic my work situation had become. Google is more than just a job, I said, its my home.
This is borderline toxic. Like yes, I could hang out and have fun with people. But the word “family”, “friends” and the like have heavy meaning - especially to me, as someone who’s gone through a circuit of activism and has been pulled up randomly by officers because a “friend”/ally ratted me out. A decade is a long time though, so I guess it’s different.
Maybe I’ve grown to not expect companies to defend people when historically, there’s been nary a case where they do so. And I notice a theme about the people who end up doing this. They’re never people who look like or have background characteristics to me. We can’t afford to trust a faceless entity with this kind of power over our lives. We’d be here for a check and we’ll go home to do what matters for our communities. Companies can’t provide that - they aren’t designed to.
That’s the actual root of the problem.