***UPDATE August 18, 2017***
Michael Dell sent a statement to employees. While it decries “hatred, violence, racism, and terrorism racism,” it does not mention the manufacturing council or the president’s comments.
***UPDATE August 16, 2017***
Trump shut down the Manufacturing Council after several CEOs quit.
Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017
Michael Dell was not among those quitting. (A meeting of the council was scheduled for later in the day, and it was widely expected that the council would disband on its own.)
Michael Dell’s silence is confounding. It doesn’t matter that he is a major Republican donor; many Republicans have issued strong statements condemning hate groups and Trump’s tacit endorsement of those groups.
If Michael Dell wants to continue attracting talent from Austin’s diverse workforce, he needs to condemn the president’s statements, and explain his decision to stick with the council when other CEOs were fleeing. Because no one wants to work for a leader who lacks moral clarity.
***Original post below***
In January, Donald Trump announced the creation of a Manufacturing Council to work with the administration’s efforts on job creation. The council consists of business leaders from a broad range of industries. It’s a largely symbolic council; they seldom meet, and it’s unclear, what, if any jobs have been created as a result. But symbols matter — especially now, when hate groups draw inspiration from Nazism and other dark forces of history.
In the aftermath of the white supremacist domestic terrorism in #Charlottesville and the Trump administration’s inadequate response, a diverse coalition of activists are pressuring the members of the council to resign. Austin-area Indivisible groups will join those pressuring these CEOs.
We have decided to start local with Michael Dell. As CEOs resign, we will move on to others.
This is a campaign that needs social media to be successful! Companies have staff specifically tasked with monitoring social media, watching out for negative tweets and comments about their brand in real time. Join us in creating a tidal wave of demands that Michael Dell denounce this administration’s tolerance for bigotry and hatred, and its cozy relationship with white supremacists and anti-Semites, and resign from the Manufacturing Council.
What you can do:
- Tweet @Dell and @MichaelDell, asking Michael Dell to resign from this council. Retweet others who are doing the same. (Suggested hashtags: #QuitTheCouncil #DitchDell.)
- Visit the Dell Facebook page and write a post with your concerns, and send them a direct message, too.
- Call Dell at 1-800-624-9897 and demand that Michael Dell leave the Manufacturing Council.
Ben Wikler of MoveOn has an insightful Twitter thread about why social media pressure works on brands and companies:
A few years ago, a former staffer from a top-tier int'l PR firm walked me through how corporations monitor social media for brand risk. 1/
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) August 15, 2017