Meanwhile, a fight against Trump continues to brew among Silicon Valley workers. About 1,600 tech workers say they’ll attend a rally in Palo Alto on March 14 organized by a grassroots movement called Tech Stands Up.
Also Thursday, Tech Stands Up, a grassroots organization of tech workers in opposition to the Trump administration also added its support. "Transgender rights are human rights," the group said in a statement. "We strongly oppose any government action that signals widespread rejection of a whole group of people." The group is helping organize a March 14 rally of tech workers to protest Trump.
Of course, sought-after engineers — the ones a Silicon Valley adviser compared to “five-star college football recruits” — risk far less when they speak out. “Tech workers are in huge demand right now and constantly being recruited,” Taylor said.
Taylor took to Facebook to suggest a massive tech-employee walkout on March 14; the rallying cry was quickly picked up by supporters that included Nest product lead Mark Rose. As of Feb. 7, more than 1,2000 had RSVPd yes on Facebook. Other grassroots groups, like Tech Solidarity, are also getting in on the action.
Tech Stands Up to Trump is the latest movement to protest the new President of the United States. Over 1,000 tech industry workers in California will march to the Palo Alto City Hall on March 14, also known in the community as Pi Day.
"Most of Silicon Valley works like this. It's every start-up ever," Rose says of his work on Tech Stands Up. "When people join the group, they say, Where do we start? And we say, It's just like a start-up. Find something. Do something. Get something done. It's very grassroots and it's relying heavily on people communicating with each other very quickly and understanding what to build and building it quickly."
More than 1,200 tech workers say they’re planning to walk out of their jobs on March 14, or Pi day, as part of a protest organized by Tech Stands Up to Trump.
Brad Taylor, an engineer at Optimizely, told NBC News he created the event last week because he was disheartened by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's cooperation with Trump.
Brad Taylor, a software engineer at Optimizely, said that the rank and file of the tech industry tended to be ahead of the top executives when it came to wanting to take political or moral stances. Taylor is organizing a day of protest on 14 March, urging tech workers to walk out at 12pm to urge company leaders to take more forceful stands against Trump.
Shortly after learning of Trump's order, Brad Taylor, a 37-year-old engineer for web analytics firm Optimizely, began organising "Tech Against Trump," a protest scheduled to take place on March 14. Taylor said he was heartened by tech leaders' statements over the weekend but wants to see the industry go further." The purpose of this is not to be against tech, but to urge them to be on the right side of history," he said.