We at sf.citi oppose the Trump administration’s recent executive order barring immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries. We believe this measure is contrary to the spirit of diversity and inclusion we value in San Francisco.
San Francisco has always been a city of immigrants. From the Gold Rush to the tech boom, San Francisco has been made great by the rich mosaic of people from all walks of life. As a sanctuary city with over a third of its citizens born outside of the country, San Francisco is lucky to be one of the most diverse cities in the nation.
We are the home of innovation. Emerging from the roots of our history, our tech community is comprised of the brightest thinkers and makers from across the world. Through the collective experiences of our community members, San Francisco’s tech community has created some of the world’s most successful ideas and companies. This weekend, many of these companies stood together as the first industry to reaffirm their commitment to equality and diversity. sf.citi members Lyft donated $1 million dollars to the fight for immigrant’s rights, while AirBnB offered free housing to those displaced by the executive order. These are just a few of the many efforts pouring out of the tech community today.
Progress is neither swift nor easy – but we are prepared to defend the values that make San Francisco who we are. Our diversity and inclusion of all is the cornerstone of our identity. This is and continues to be our greatest asset as both a city and a nation.
Please join us by supporting our partner, the ACLU of Northern California on their fight to protect the rights of all San Franciscans. If you believe you or your employees may be affected by this recent executive order, please consult the ACLU’s resources.
The sf.citi Board of Directors