Google shareholders meeting is magnet for multiple causes

Heading to the Google shareholder meeting today at 2 p.m.?

Don’t forget your protest sign.

An array of activist groups is holding a rally prior to the meeting, hitting on a variety of issues.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, pictured above, and members of the Rainbow Push Coalition, will call for diversity in corporate boardrooms.

Others will be asking the search giant to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Legislative Exchange Council.

There will also be activists demanding that Google support good jobs for security workers on its campus.

Activist investors have placed five shareholder proposals on Google’s agenda, such as adopting principles that could change its tax structure, as The Guardian reports. Another proposal would require more extensive disclosure of Google’s lobbying. Google is against all five proposals, according to its proxy.

This being Google, there will likely be representatives from other groups touting causes such as privacy and surveillance.

And of course, there are the bus protesters — but that would require getting to Mountain View.

Above: The Rev. Jesse Jackson in 2005 (IJ photo/ Robert Tong).


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Michelle Quinn is a Business Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. Prior to her current role, she was the Silicon Valley correspondent at Politico covering tech policy and politics. She has also covered the tech industry at the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a blogger for the New York Times.