The NYC taxi industry employs an almost entirely immigrant workforce, so when news broke that visa holders were being detained at JFK because of Trump's muslim ban, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance
declared a strike, refusing to do pick-ups at JFK from 6-7pm on Saturday.
Uber responded to this protest by getting rid of surge pricing in the JFK area. Surge pricing makes rides more expensive during times when rides are in-demand. This move was viewed online as a obvious attempt to break the strike and profit off of the wrongful detention of immigrants and resulted in a lot of social media backlash. The hashtag, #DeleteUber started to trend as users deleted their accounts in favor of other car service apps. News also came out that Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick was close with President Trump and his administration prompting more anger.
Uber has become a phenomenon over the past half decade, even working its way into our lexicon as more common than saying "Wanna share a cab?" Artists have even started to reference this cultural shift, none more so than Madeintyo with his hit song "Uber Everywhere." Uber is becoming a wealth signifier among 20 year olds who can afford to use it, but yesterday the Atlanta rapper tweeted out his dissatisfaction with Uber.
Lyft, a rival ride sharing app announced in the wake of the ban that they will be donating 1 million dollars to the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU)
over the next 4 years to help fight against this ban. It looks like "Lyft everywhere" will be the new phrase for 2017, I think I smell a remix?