Uber has reportedly pleged to create a $3 million legal defense fund in hopes of helping drivers with immigration and translation services. CEO and founder Travis Kalanick calls the Trump ban "wrong and unjust" in a new note shared on Uber's Facebook. Originally, Kalanick said that his company was reaching out to employees affected, and working to identify and render aid to drivers affected by the ban.
Sometimes the best way to protest is with your dollar and that’s what thousands of people are now doing in the wake of Ubergate.
It all began after President Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. In reaction thousands have flocked to airports across America including, most heavily, JFK Airport in New York City. During the protests on Saturday night (January 28), the New York Taxi Workers Alliance quickly showed its support, calling on social media for drivers to avoid John F. Kennedy International Airport between the hours of 6 and 7 pm EST.
This was then followed by Uber hours later, however their response seemed kind of sketchy. “Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport,” they relayed in a tweet. “This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient.” This seemed to suggest that Uber was trying to counteract the strike and try to at least profit off of Trump’s “Muslim ban.”
In response, Twitter users decided to boycott Uber, both by deleting the app and beginning the hashtag #DeleteUber. Thousands of people subsequently posted about deleting the transportation app with a pic describing their dissatisfaction.
“Uber decides to be scabs for Trump on the same day that Lyft donates a grip of money to the ACLU? Pretty clear. #deleteUber,” a user tweeted. “Uber's actions tonight confirm what many #disabled people already knew: their desire for profit trumps civil rights & liberties. #deleteuber,” Another person wrote.
Check out some of the best #DeleteUber tweets below.
Uber decides to be scabs for Trump on the same day that Lyft donates a grip of money to the ACLU? Pretty clear. #deleteUber— Johnny Taylor, Jr. (@hipsterocracy) January 29, 2017
Uber is trying to profit off of taxi unions boldly boycotting airports. Stand up for Americans and organized labor #deleteuber off ur phone— Slab Bulkhead (@SS6XX) January 29, 2017
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