Google's shareholder meeting, slated for this afternoon, is expected to be met by protests from several groups — perhaps the most unlikely of which is its own shareholders.
A group of these investors are petitioning Google to pay over $2 billion in taxes that it reportedly avoided by transferring profits into shell companies overseas. The group is led by a corporate watchdog organization SumOfUs, which says shareholders will propose a comprehensive overhaul of Google's tax policy at today's meeting.
Eviction Free San Francisco, a direct action group that opposes evictions city-wide, is also protesting the meeting over evictions currently underway at 812 Guerrero Street. The building is owned by Google attorney Jack Halprin, who is evicting the current tenants under the Ellis Act.
“We hope that Google will acknowledge that Mr. Halprin’s behavior is antithetical to this core value [of community involvement], and in fact undermines and damages the very communities they purport to care about,” Eviction Free San Francisco said in a statement.
The group plans to rally at Google headquarters in Mountain View at 1 p.m. today.
Yet another party protesting the shareholder meeting is Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has stated he is bringing a delegation to the meeting to pressure the company to improve diversity in hiring.
“Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day,” Jackson wrote in a statement.