Avaaz Strikes out Against Uber’s Sexism and Political Affiliations in Cities Across the America

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Uber is a company that is similar to a taxi service. Someone enters the destination to find a driver in the area, and the driver picks up the passenger in a personal vehicle instead of one that is owned by a cab company. Uber has been tied to a few controversial thoughts as of late. This is a large business, and it’s a business that supports President Donald Trump. However, President Trump has made it clear that he wants to do everything possible to attack those of the Muslim religion. One way to put a stop to this is to join the delete Uber campaign. Those who haven’t signed up for an account are encouraged not to open one so that Uber no longer makes any money from consumers.

Eric Holder, Jr., former attorney general of the United States, recently compiled a list of recommendations that could help to stop the negativity from Uber, such as the harassment that is taking place. Holder has been paid to investigate the truths that are behind Uber and to offer ideas about how to put a stop to the actions of the company. When Holder read some of the information to employees, a board member with the company decided to make a sexist remark that didn’t go unnoticed. This board member has since resigned. This is just a fraction of the negative details that have been released about Uber, a company that was started by a group of businessmen in San Francisco as a way to offer transportation.

Even with the list of recommendations from someone who was once an authority figure in the country, there are many people who will put aside the actions of Uber. They will continue to ask for a ride to work or anywhere else that they need to go because the company claims that it offers lower rates than most other transportation services. Members of the delete Uber campaign are urging consumers to think before they pick up the phone. They are suggesting that consumers at least try another company to see what it has to offer, such as Lyft. Another option would be to contact a taxi service or ride the bus. The campaign wants consumers to try anything other than using Uber because it’s businesses like this that are supporting the notions that are set forth by President Trump in attacking Muslims and other religious groups that have done nothing to the United States.

Board members have looked into the practices of Uber drivers, and they agree that something needs to change. A 13-page release of recommendations from the chief of Uber, Travis Kalanick, was recently made public. Ironically, the release was made shortly after Kalanick announced that he would be taking a short leave of absence from the company. Delete Uber has taken to social media outlets, such as Twitter, with many people responding in a positive manner. Lyft is a rival of Uber, and it’s a company that has been growing by leaps and bounds. However, it’s still second to Uber. For many people, Uber is an option that is affordable. Campaign members simply want consumers to weigh the pros and cons of the services offered and those of similar companies.

 

A Brief on Avaaz

 

 

Launched in 2007, Avaaz is a civic organization that focuses on global activism on climate change, human rights, animal rights, corruption and poverty. It’s considered to be one of the largest and most powerful online activist networks according to the Guardian. The name is a transliteration of the Persian word for “voice”. Avaaz was co-founded by Res Publica, a community dedicated to civic virtue, and MoveOn.org, a progressive non-profit group. The individual co-founders of Avaaz include Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello and Andrea Woodhouse. Patel studied politics, philosophy and economics at Balliol College and received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. Before founding Avaaz, Ricken Patel worked for the International Crisis Group and volunteered for MoveOn.org.

 

Avaaz has taken the lead on pushing the Delete Uber campaign. They have started an online petition to ask people to, not only delete the Uber app, but also get the word out on Uber’s practices. Avaaz believes that the tide is turning on Uber and many major U.S. cites, including Chicago, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are seeing a dramatic decline in the apps use.