Pretty sure it’s time to #DeleteUber
In the past two days airports have been filled with protests of the Trump Regime’s Muslim Ban that is detaining refugees and even permanent residents stranded at international airports like JFK in New York, and O’Hare in Chicago. However, the resistance to Donald Trump’s xenophobic policies isn’t just happening in the streets and the courtrooms. It’s happening between rival rideshare apps and Lyft may have just been crowned the winner.
Over the last few week’s Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick’s decision to join Trump’s economic advisory team has sparked a backlash inside and outside the corporation, leading to calls to boycott and the rise of the #DeleteUber hashtag on social media.
#DeleteUber Trends After Company Continues Operating at JFK Airport https://t.co/UdrwMphvTm pic.twitter.com/LVyCleJijt
— Law Street (@LawStreetMedia) January 30, 2017
When news broke that Muslim refugees were being denied entry into the US, Taxi drivers in New York organized a work stoppage at JFK airport in protest.
The cab line at #JFK airport is empty. At 6pm, NYC taxi drivers went on strike in protest of #muslimban #refugeeban #nobannowall #letthemin pic.twitter.com/LXlygmADxI
— Lucky Tran (@luckytran) January 28, 2017
At the same time, Uber cut its surge pricing, a move that many viewed as breaking the strike. As knowledge of Uber’s actions spread so did #DeleteUber and the number of riders pledging to boycott the company.
As it’s competitor became more embroiled in controversy, Lyft took a different stand: it pledged $1 Million in donations to the civil liberties legal organization, the ACLU, which took Donald Trump to court and won a nationwide injunction against the Muslim Ban.
As more people #deleteuber, they’re signing the pledge to let the corporation know that working with Trump is unacceptable.
Then these steps to delete your account:
1. Open the Uber App
2. Go to the “Help” option
3. Tap Account and Payments
4. Tap Account Settings and Ratings
5. Tap Delete My Uber Account
6. Fill out the two text fields
7. Tap Submit
Written by Hairo Cortes
Hairo Cortes is an immigrant rights organizer from Santa Ana. He has worked with immigrant youth to develop new, bold leadership and create a base of energetic young people capable of creating systemic change through grassroots campaigns.