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‘Unconscionable’: Thousands of workers at Salesforce, San Francisco’s biggest employer, demand company stop working with NRA

By Joshua Bote, San Francisco Gate

Employees at Salesforce, San Francisco’s largest private employer, are urging executives to cease their working relationship with the National Rifle Association after the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting that left 19 children and two adults dead.

An open letter titled, “Ending our customer relationship with the NRA,” was sent to the tech titan’s co-CEOs, Marc Benioff and Bret Taylor; CFO Amy Weaver; and CMO Sarah Franklin on Wednesday evening, according to a current Salesforce employee (who was granted anonymity in accordance with Hearst’s ethics policy). The letter, which SFGATE has viewed, was also posted on the company’s internal Slack (Salesforce now owns Slack).

As of Thursday afternoon, the employee said, the letter has more than 4,000 signatories.

“It’s not in our power to get background checks or other gun control measures passed by Congress — but we can effect change by ending our commercial relationship with our customer, the National Rifle Association,” reads the open letter, addressed to Benioff and Taylor.

The letter begins with a quote from poet Amanda Gorman, and quotes Benioff himself in a recent interview where he urged “direct action” in light of the shooting.

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