Lyft Will Donate $1 Million To Help ACLU Combat Trump's Muslim Ban
Yesterday, we reported that Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick is joining President Donald Trump's new economic advisory board.
Meanwhile, Uber's primary competitor, Lyft, has said it will donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union to help the organization respond to President Donald Trump’s ban of Muslim citizens.
In an email to users of the ride-sharing service, Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green write:
“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.”
While Lyft is being praised for their ACLU contribution, Uber's image continues to tarnish.
With #DeleteUber trending on social media, and several Hollywood actors encouraging an Uber boycott, the service is facing quite the pr nightmare.
The Hollywood Reporter has more:
Many in Hollywood applauded Lyft's stance, taking to Twitter to help spread the growing hashtag #DeleteUber and announce that they had abandoned Uber in support of Lyft. Both #DeleteUber and #Lyft were trending on Twitter Sunday afternoon.
"Thank you @lyft! @Uber deleted! Proud of this support to the @ACLU," posted Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Rob Corddry, Michelle Monaghan and Taraji P. Henson posted similar sentiments, while Denis O'Hare tweeted, "Just deleted my Uber app. If they won't stand with us, I won't ride with them."
The hashtag first began to pickup steam Saturday night. Two Iraqis were detained at JFK Airport when the ban went into effect and the New York City Taxi Worker's Alliance called for a complete stop to pickups from the airport. In response, Uber announced that it was suspending its surge pricing from JFK but continued to operate, spurring social media outcry over what many deemed as an inappropriate response.