Vote with your wallet. #DeleteUber for its anti-immigrant policies and price-gouging surge pricing. #DeleteUber and use Lyft, Gett, or a licensed NYC yellow or green taxi.
#DeleteUber has been trending since demonstrations at JFK Airport last weekend protesting President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and visitors from predominantly Muslim countries.
#DeleteUber supporters are blasting the company’s decision to continue to operate – including with its many Muslim drivers – while other car services and the New York Taxi Drivers Alliance, which represents 19,000 workers, staged a brief protest work stoppage to protest to the ban of Muslim refugees and visitors.
Since Uber was the only car service operating at the time, surge pricing went into over-drive, which many saw as Uber profiting from the situation.
#DeleteUber has been trending on both Twitter and Facebook since Sunday, and shows no signs of stopping. And not just in NYC.
Uber also is being blasted for the new logo it launched recently, pictured on the right above. Fortune magazine describes it as a flat-out mistake.
Here are more reasons to #DeleteUber:
Lyft has pledged to donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully fought for a stay of the ban and secured the release of refugees who had been stranded in transit.
- The ACLU, which struck an initial blow against Trump’s order in court, received $24 million in online donations over the weekend. That’s about six times what the activist group would collect in online donations in a normal year.
“This weekend, Trump closed the country’s borders to refugees, immigrants, and even documented residents from around the world based on their country of origin,” Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green said. “Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft‘s and our nation’s core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.”
Uber CEO Travis Kalinick is a member of Trump’s Economic and Policy Forum, and a Trump supporter, and has donated nothing that we know of to any organization – ACLU, Planned Parenthood, etc. – which opposes any Trump policy. But he will “discuss the issue” with Mr. Trump at a meeting this week, according to the Washington Post.
You can vote with your wallet by boycotting other companies whose management supports the anti-immigration policies of the Trump administatration, and/or those which sell Trump-branded products, from shoes to hotel rooms. See the entire list on GrabYourWallet.org which also includes phone numbers and email addresses to voice your opinion.
Here’s what other company CEOs are doing to fight the Trump ban on immigrants and visitors from predominantly Muslim nations, according to Money magazine and CNN:
Google has created a $4 million crisis fund that benefits the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The fund will be made up of employee donations and cash from the company. Google co-founder Sergey Brin also participated in weekend protests at San Francisco International Airport.
Airbnb has offered to help by providing free housing to anyone affected by the travel ban. The company’s offer applies to refugees or anyone else who is denied the ability to travel to the U.S. and is not in their city or country of residence. “Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected,” said CEO Brian Chesky.
Viber messaging service is offering free calls between the U.S. and countries targeted by the travel ban. The company said it acted so that “those affected will now have one less barrier to cross when trying to reach their loved ones.”
I have just deleted the Uber app from my mobile phone. Have you?