Two years ago, on a cold Monday in Washington, D.C., I took the oath of office as a temporary Federal employee of the United States.
The oath begins:
I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States
The duty to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” as the Constitution describes, is one that every American has the right and obligation to uphold. Today our obligation weighs on us more heavily than ever, especially those of us in Silicon Valley who have benefited so much from the laws and freedoms of our nation.
In order to more effectively encourage our employees to participate in civic life, Fauna is adopting a civic engagement policy. An additional amount of paid time off—equal to the amount of time we already provide for vacation—is now available to our staff to make America a better nation through participation in political life, community building, and other acts of civic service.
Whether this means voting, writing a letter to an elected official, attending a protest or rally, volunteering at a library or school, or spending the time to talk to your neighbor about the issues facing all of us, we want our staff to know that Fauna supports them in every possible way.
We are joined in adopting this policy by the following companies:
We call on every company with a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area to join us. If you would like your company to be listed here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.