5 Minute Action for Tuesday, 1/31: BUSINESS LEADERS – SPEAK UP…BOLDLY!

Now is the time for business leaders to SPEAK UP and clearly denounce the Muslim Ban, as well as the LGBTQ order that is in the wings (not to mention cabinet picks who are wholly incompetent for their positions). Trump claims to be pro-business, yet his executive orders have negatively impacted the workforce and business operations of virtually all global companies.

Some have spoken out, and we especially appreciate the early statement from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings:  “These actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe. A very sad week, and more to come with the lives of over 600,000 Dreamers here in America under imminent threat. It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity.

We need more leaders to speak out boldly.  The 5 Minute Action TODAY:

Step 1: Pick one or more CEO’s from Trump’s Business Advisory Council and ask them to speak out BOLDLY! See the list below. They are meeting with him on Friday and only two made strong statements in opposition of the Ban:  Elon Musk (SpaceX/Tesla) and Travis Kalanick (UBER). Ask them ALL to stand up directly and boldly against the Ban!

Sample tweet: CEOs of major companies are standing boldly against Trump’s Muslim Ban. Will you? #WallofUs #CompaniesAgainstTheBan

Sample email or Facebook post:  Subject:  Please Speak Up Boldly!  Body of email/post:

Dear (name),
I’m writing to ask that you speak boldly and directly at your committee meeting on Friday about:

  • the negative effect the immigration/refugee order is having on global businesses and their operations, as well as the significant human toll on our friends and family members.
  • your belief in use of real data and facts in decision making, and your concern about this administration’s attacks on science.
  • affirm they stand firm on their decision to not roll back the rights of all Americans, including LGBTQ Americans

We need our business leaders to be bold during this chaotic time during which our constitution is under seige.

As quoted from a recent article about how to deal with autocrats:

Rule #5Don’t make compromises. Like Ted Cruz, who made the journey from calling Trump “utterly amoral” and a “pathological liar” to endorsing him in late September to praising his win as an “amazing victory for the American worker,” Republican politicians have fallen into line.

Thank you for reading this and I’m sure you are being very thoughtful about your role – I just hope you are bold with respect to what you know to be right and true, as well. 

Stephen A. Schwarzman (Forum Chairman), Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone

  • No statement yet
  • email: schwarzman@blackstone.com

Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission

Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors

Delos Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co

Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock

  • No statement yet
  • Tweet @blackrock #LarryFink
  • email: laurence.fink@blackrock.com

Travis Kalanick, CEO and Co-founder, Uber Technologies

Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company

  • No statement yet
  • Tweet @Disney #BobIger
  • email: robert.a.iger@disney.com

Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group

  • No statement yet
  • Tweet @ BCG #RichLesser
  • email:  lesser.rich@bcg.com

Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

  • No statement yet
  • Tweet @ Wallmart @DougMcMillon
  • email:  Doug.McMillon@wal-mart.com

Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing

  • No statement yet

Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO, SpaceX and Tesla

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo

  • No statement yet
  • Tweet @IndraNooyi
  • email:  indra.nooyi@pepsico.com

Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners

  • No statement yet

Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM

Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

  • No statement yet

Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY

  • No statement yet
  • email:  mark.weinberger@uk.ey.com

Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric

  • No statement yet [although current GE CEO Jack Immelt posted an internal communication to current GE employees expressing his concerns.]

Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit

Step 2: (optional, we’re over our 5 minute time limit!) Thank business leaders who HAVE spoken out (see one news article here: spoken out) against the Ban by posting a simple thank you on Facebook, or using/buying their products. These companies include:

  • Google
  • Apple
  • Netflix
  • Lyft (donated $1M to the ACLU)
  • Uber (initially
  • Facebook
  • Salesforce
  • Tesla
  • Twitter
  • Microsoft
  • Airbnb (Airbnb is offering free housing to refugees affected by the ban)
  • Ford
  • Starbucks (pledged to hire 10,000 refugees over the next 5 years)
  • GE
  • TripAdvisor

Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team

(and see you again tomorrow!)

Thank you to Wall-Of-Us for much of this information. For more from Wall-Of-Us, click here:  https://www.wall-of-us.org/

Monday’s CNN Money article about businesses speaking up – click here: http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/30/news/companies/travel-ban-executives-business-reactions/index.html

And Forbes – click here:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2017/01/30/ny-tech-leaders-and-uber-ceo-oppose-immigration-ban/#2ba013ba525f

We will be including this video with all immigration and refugee -related 5 Minute Actions. WE ARE ALL CONNECTED!  (click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw7FhU-G1_Q)

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