Tuesday, 13 October 2020 19:47

Tesla ‘Sabotage’ at Fremont Factory Was Due to Racial Justice Protest, Claims Say

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati



“Direct action protests within the workplace often occur as a means of expressing the pain and confusion felt daily in the lives of oppressed people. As a Tesla employee, I often wonder where my role sits to advance the causes of Black and Brown liberation all while economically benefiting from the exploitation of historically marginalized Black and Brown labor on stolen Chochenyo Ohlone land,” the engineer added. 


Ultimately, the engineer said he does not know what will happen to him next, though he noted he hoped his actions would be “a catalyst for genuine change” within Tesla. He remarked he understood he was speaking “from a position of privilege” and “those privileges can easily be stripped away.”


“To conclude, I have been asking myself: is Tesla a place where people who have experienced profound intergenerational trauma can work and thrive? I still don’t know the answer to that, but the next few days will acutely reveal that for me,” the engineer added. 


A Tesla employee, who spoke with Protocol on the day of the incident, noted the email’s author had been in a conference call with about a dozen engineers about the disruption. During the call, the email’s author reportedly informed the other engineers he had resolved the issue, which led to another participant in the conference to joke if the outage was a prank. As noted by Tesla’s acting general counsel, the Fremont Factory was indeed returned to full working order within a few hours. 


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