Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to bring diversity advocates to eBay and Google shareholder meetings this week in an ongoing push improve Silicon Valley's poor record of including African Americans and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding.
Jackson says he plans to bring delegations Tuesday morning to eBay's headquarters in San Jose and Wednesday afternoon to Google's headquarters in Mountain View where he wants to urge company leaders to increase minority inclusion in boardrooms, in financial transactions, and as contractors for professional and advertising services.
Earlier this year Jackson and his nonprofit Rainbow Push Coalition launched what they call the "new digital inclusion initiative" with highly publicized letters to Apple, Facebook, Google and others pressing for minority inclusion. They took their message to Hewlett Packard's March shareholder meeting.