Oracle employees 'tip-toeing' around company culture as they plan 'log-off' protest against Larry Ellison's Trump fundraiser - Silicon Valley Business Journal
A group of Oracle Corp. workers called Employees for Ethics is asking coworkers to step away from work Thursday afternoon in protest of company founder Larry Ellison's fundraiser for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign.
One of the organizers, who spoke to the Silicon Valley Business Journal confidentially, said the protest would be a "log-off" rather than a walkout because so many of the Redwood City-based software giant's employees work remotely.
She said she would be spending the time helping at an immigration and refugee services center or with Moms Demand Action, a national group against gun violence.
"Employees have been offered a chance to either log off and contribute to the causes that are important to them, but if they're not comfortable logging off, doing that on their own time - or creating volunteer projects through Oracle's volunteer portal," the organizer told the Business Journal. "Some people are trying to think about ways to organize something that's a little bit more public-facing."
Ellison hosted a Trump fundraiser at his estate in the Coachella Valley on Wednesday, where supporters had the opportunity to golf and mingle with Trump for between $100,000 and $250,000.
Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters - and about 80 Trump supporters - cheered and jeered as the president's motorcade traveled to Ellison's 240-acre golf course in Porcupine Creek on Wednesday morning, the Desert Sun reported.
The protest is planned for the day after the fundraiser because the organizers thought they would get a response from the company, an organizer said.
Oracle declined to comment for this story.
The organizer said she and others are "tip-toeing" and following the rules as they push back within a mild-mannered company culture.
"Oracle is so big, we don't know what the reaction will be," the organizer said. "We want to keep our jobs, but we also want to make sure that we are voicing our concerns and letting people know that Larry Ellison's actions don't reflect all of Oracle employees' thoughts or beliefs."
The protest organizers first launched a petition last week, calling on Ellison to call off the fundraiser in order to uphold Oracle's "core values of diversity, inclusiveness and ethical business conduct."
The online petition has since garnered more than 7,000 signatures, which is equal to more than 5 percent of Oracle's global headcount of 136,000. It's unclear exactly how many of the signatures are from Oracle employees because any Internet user can sign the petition.
The organizers have also launched a Slack channel called #OracleEmployeesforEthics and started a website, employeesforethics.com.
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