As Silicon Valley Leaders Meet with President-Elect Trump, Courage Campaign Demands They Refuse to Comply with Plans to Build and Maintain a Muslim Registry in the US

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December 14, 2016
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As Silicon Valley Leaders Meet with President-Elect Trump, Courage Campaign Demands They Refuse to Comply with Plans to Build and Maintain a Muslim Registry in the US

Today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will attend a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in New York City to discuss key, technology related issues facing the United States.

Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign issued the following statement urging Silicon Valley leaders to refuse to comply with President-Elect Trump’s plans to build and maintain a Muslim registry:

“There have been more hate crimes against Muslims in the last year than at any time since the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Donald Trump bears enormous responsibility for this hateful environment given his incendiary rhetoric targeting Muslims.

“With his proposed Muslim registry, Trump would turn that rhetoric into policy. And private sector technology leaders, whose companies’ services would be integral to enacting such a policy, must refuse to participate. Last week, The Intercept asked nine major tech companies whether they would help the Trump administration build a national Muslim registry -- and only one, Twitter, clearly refused.

“Targeting Muslims in the ways Trump has proposed is not only ineffective and would do nothing to keep the country safe, but it is also deeply immoral. It would repeat mistakes made during some of the darkest days of America's past. This is a line that tech companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and others must not cross.

“Instead of seeking common ground with President-Elect Trump, the tech companies meeting with him today should stand up for the public interest, for their communities, and for their Muslim employees and their families by vowing to courageously resist the worst parts of Trump’s agenda.”

More than 12,000 people signed onto a petition from Courage Campaign calling on Google, Apple, Facebook and other tech companies telling them to say NO to Donald Trump’s plan for a national Muslim registry.


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