Apple's CEO Tim Cook had once quoted the late Dr.Martin Luther King saying, "As Dr. Martin Luther King once said, the time is always right to do what’s right. At Apple, we do the right thing. Even when it’s not easy.". The Silicon Valley community held a candle light vigil after MLK's birthday demanding to do the right thing by not evading taxes by corporate breaks.
Thursday January 16, 2014, the day after Martin Luther King’s actual birthday a
candle light vigil was held at the corner of Mariani Street and De Anza
Boulevard in Cupertino, CA to protest Apple’s tax dodging ways.
The vigil was organized by the Christian
Homeless Alliance Ministry (CHAM) and SEIU, United Services Workers West.
were several speakers who spoke and in the process invoked the spirit of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. It was mentioned that Tim Cook, current CEO of Apple Inc., had
recently quoted Dr. King and his call to do the right thing.
Yet, current news reports point out that Apple
is one of many companies who legally dodge paying taxes by using offshore
banking accounts to shield their profits from being taxed.
According to the speakers, Silicon Valley is
one of the richest places in the country, but ironically 10 to 12 miles from
Apple’s headquarters is a homeless encampment which is said to be the largest
in the United States.
It was also
mentioned that during the last cold snap four homeless persons died. The
speakers demanded that Apple pay its fair share of taxes to help end the
suffering of the poor and the homeless.
all the speeches were over, there was a candle light march from the corner of
Mariani Street and De Anza Boulevard to the entrance of Apple’s
The marchers walked single
file and sang “We Shall Overcome.” Once
in front of the headquarters, there was another speech followed by a pledge to
return on August 28, 2014 to coincide with Apple shareholders meeting.
The protesters’ reason for returning on August 28th
is to voice their concern about the economic disparity in Silicon Valley. The
marchers left chanting “we’ll be back” and “we are not going to take it
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