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Liz Fong-Jones @lizthegrey
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I have just blocked @Pinboard and I want to explain why. I'm grateful that the @TechSolidarity movement he started connected Google workers with @teamcoworker.

But I cannot abide being bullied about the priorities we have set for what is most important to advocate for.
He has repeatedly bullied us about not working on his pet list of issues. And I am tired of having someone on the outside repeatedly tell us what to do and micromanage us -- while not having any skin in the game himself.
There are *far* more important things to worry about. We see all the internal *and* external issues. The public may not even wind up ever hearing about our successes. But we have risked a lot for them.
Finally, I am going to point out the irony of a white cisgender man repeatedly calling out and punching down on me, a qtpoc, and lecturing me about what marginalized people need.
It's maximum white savior-ism to repeatedly shout and drown out the voices of minorities who have been doing the thankless work all along for years.
We have very limited political capital. We must pick which key decision points we challenge, and which we let go.

If we throw ourselves full force at every fight we will burn out and lose any influence whatsoever.
I've been doing this at Google for 8 years and counting. If only it were so easy as "just demand a seat at the table". It's not. There are setbacks. Challenges that you have to let go because they're unwinnable.
Rallying together and organizing thousands of employees is a non-trivial job. And I have to do my day job too. I work 60+ hour weeks between regular job and activism. I get harassed. I'm always *tired*.

I've been juggling [redacted] incidents for the past [redacted] months.
If you don't want to work at Google that's fine, but don't tell me to not work there. I think it's better to have the influence we have than none, and a small handful of employees quitting over a trivial issue diminishes influence rather than building it.
I'm rambling now, so going to stop for the night. I'll leave you with this: an intersectional group of activists that I am a part of is doing good and challenging work to hold Google accountable to its mission and values.

Don't yell at us, help pressure our management.
And if you really want to make a positive difference to the world, join us. One voice on the inside has far more power than one voice on the outside.

Google has listened to employees before at critical moments. And it will again and again as long as I have a say in it. [fin]
One more subtweet about approaches to activism, now that I'm properly awake: if you don't have a clear and specific demand, it will go *nowhere*.
"We want to have ponies and peace on earth and an end to capitalism" isn't a good demand. "We would like a pegasus air shuttle so we can stop sitting in traffic on 101 between Sunnyvale and Mountain View" is.
p.s. stay tuned for an entire chapter in _Seeking SRE_ on using SRE skills for *practical* and *effective* activism by @EmilyGorcenski and me, edited by @otterbook and the crew at O'Reilly.
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