When it comes to our current political climate, my batteries are low. I recently wrote about how we don’t talk as much anymore as a S.F. populace in social situations where we don’t know each other. But when we do connect with others, I have been noticing that it has primarily been about the serious and swift actions taken by our current administration.
People I barely know at dinners and now in Ubers/Lyfts have started to break the ice, and with fiery passion. Everyone has a cause, whether for or against. More than ever before, we have opinions.
I remember when I moved here. You would think that people were politically charged living in San Francisco, but many fell flat. At the time, the only issue getting attention was gay marriage. As it was incredibly important, the LGBT communities of the U.S. won, big time. Since then, I have been in and overheard some talks about the Middle East and world politics. But I never really heard about America as much as international issues.
Sure Obamacare was a thing, but I didn’t hear everyone talking about it. But now, I’ve had friends with extreme emotional responses, and something to say in many, many conversations I have had. So what does this have to do with tech? It is a hot button issue that is now affecting the bubble I described in earlier articles.
First, it was his board, with TK and Elon Musk. Then there was a protest outside of Uber that day that completely closed down the streets surrounding it. As I walked with another girl around the whole thing, she said she worked for Square, and, “had no idea how she was going to get into her building.” It’s real, and it’s actually causing some sort of change.
Look at the Women’s March. Thousands of people (yes, men too) came out to support women like me. Our society came together across state lines to prove that we still have the power to do things. When was the last protest you saw under the last administration? Shit is getting real.
Based on his (you know who I am talking about) actions toward immigrants, I was afraid that one of my co-workers would be shipped out. He got his masters in the U.S. and he is an asset to our company. In my heart of hearts, I couldn’t imagine that happening. This is silicon valley; why aren’t we protected from these decisions. There I go again with my privilege — this really affects us.
Notably, the ACLU raised a ton of money through Facebook. Even though emotions ran high, we in S.F. led by example. It wasn’t just about words, but about actions, similar to the Women’s March. But this took place online, safe from the outside world. It happened, and we are seeing the results of it.
I can’t imagine that this is our San Francisco. I missed the days of Vietnam, the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement. I have never seen this before.
It’s everywhere. With friends, at work, in the doctor’s office, the DMV … everywhere. It is impossible to avoid now in daily life. But that is probably a good thing. I heard from a friend that the best thing we can do is “something.” What it feels like here is that many people are doing so. But life has to go on. It always does because new things always are on the horizon. Twitter never sleeps, nor does “he.”
With a background in journalism, Melissa Eisenberg has been working in the tech industry for eight years, currently leading the SF FashTech community.