Archive for May, 2013

Breaking: Two Silicon Valley leaders quit FWD.us over support for Keystone XL

This is big news. Two of Mark Zuckerberg’s co-founders have resigned from the Facebook founder’s controversial new political lobby FWD.us.1

This is a direct result of a campaign by CREDO and our allies to stop Zuckerberg’s group from praising conservative politicians for backing the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a dangerously misguided attempt to win support for immigration reform.

It’s time for other tech industry luminaries to make it clear where they stand. In addition to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, eBay’s John Donahoe, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr are co-founders of the group.

Tell FWD.us co-founders: Repudiate FWD.us propaganda supporting Keystone XL and drilling in the Arctic Refuge by resigning from the organization. Click here to sign.

Elon Musk, the founder of electric carmaker Tesla, explained his departure saying “I agreed to support Fwd.us because there is a genuine need to reform immigration. However, this should not be done at the expense of other important causes.”2 The other Silicon Valley star that joined Musk in protesting the group’s attack on key environmental priorities was David Sacks, the founder of Yammer.

These technology leaders can’t have it both ways. They can’t be for clean energy and action on climate change and fund conservative propaganda that promotes the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Silicon Valley stars like LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, eBay’s John Donahoe, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr and even Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg are sensitive to public backlash from the people who power their social networks or use their products or services. If enough of us push back and keep this issue in the public eye, they will be under immense pressure, not just from us but from their staff and shareholders, to stop supporting FWD.us.

Tell Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, eBay’s John Donahoe, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr: Follow Elon Musk’s example and resign from FWD.us. Click here to sign.

The campaign against FWD.us, which includes efforts not just by CREDO but also our allies at Progressives United, 350.org, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters and other groups, has been covered extensively in the technology and political press with stories in the Washington Post, New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, Huffington Post and dozens of other outlets. Elon Musk’s high profile departure from the group gives us new momentum to escalate our campaign and send a message to Silicon Valley political donors that if they throw Keystone XL under the bus, that we will hold them accountable.

Please sign our petition and then share it with friends and family. We will deliver these signatures directly to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, eBay’s John Donahoe, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr. These tech leaders are not used to hearing directly from the public and in such large numbers. Your signature can make a real difference in this campaign.

Tell FWD.us co-founders: Repudiate FWD.us propaganda supporting Keystone XL and drilling in the Arctic Refuge by resigning from the organization. Click here to sign.

Thank you for joining CREDO in holding these Silicon Valley leaders accountable.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Learn more about this campaign

1. Mark Zuckerberg’s Group Loses High-Profile Backers Elon Musk, David Sacks, Huffington Post, 5/10/2013
2. Elon Musk and David Sacks Depart Fwd.us, Mark Zuckerberg’s Political Action Group, All things D, 5/10/2013

The Nadelman vs. Sabet Debate Over Legalized Cannabis

Representative Jared Polis and his colleague Earl Blumenauer unveiled a plan to end the federal cannabis prohibition.

Rep. Jared Polis

Rep. Jared Polis

This will be the first such legislation introduced since voters in Colorado and Washington broke new ground by voting in November to legally regulate cannabis similar to alcohol.

Lobbyists say the battle that is brewing over drug laws will be far-reaching and not confined to recreational use of cannabis.

You’re going to see reform on federal drug policy in general,” proclaimed BillPiper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “It’s not just about marijuana. It’s about racial disparity, over-incarceration and saving money as well.”

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Apparently Capitol Hill is somewhat observant in respect to the attention that this particular subject has received as of late.

Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance and Kevin Sabet, formerly with the drug czar’s office, go head to head over this very issue in a short debate on Fox News. Enjoy the video clip and pass the dab tool. Please excuse my brevity.

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