Rideshare app Lyft has pledged $500,000 in free rides to civil rights organizations in the wake of the death of George Floyd as protests and riots erupt across the country. Some of the organizations include National Urban League, NAACP, National Action Network, Black Women’s Roundtable and National Bail Fund Network.
“We want to take a moment to speak candidly about the tragedy that is enveloping our country right now. To our Black community members, we recognize your pain and feelings of fatigue over the injustices you face every day. The color of your skin should not impact how you are treated,” Lyft Co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer wrote in a joint email to customers.
“Acts of injustice against Black Americans — including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, and countless others — have created an inflection point. This is a call to action for each and every one of us to do better, to speak up, and to be part of the solution.”
The company’s program for donating rides, LyftUp, has been offered to customers during times of crisis. For example, free rides were offered to evacuate people in 2017’s Hurricane Harvey and 2018’s California Camp Fire.
The Co-founders added, “Systemic racism is deeply rooted in our society, and it’s important that Lyft supports organizations that fight it.”
“As part of our continued commitment to communities of color through LyftUp, our transportation access initiative, we’re providing $500,000 in ride credit to national civil rights organizations who have been working to facilitate essential transportation and equitable access during the recent crises (National Urban League, NAACP, National Action Network, Black Women’s Roundtable and National Bail Fund Network).”
In Minneapolis, the company will provide the ride credits to Lake Street Council members who are volunteering “with rebuilding efforts.”
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Late Friday a New York City resident also tested positive for the virus that causes monkeypox, and is the state’s first confirmed case. On Sunday, President Joe Biden made his first public statements about the outbreaks, saying the recent spread of monkeypox in at least 12 countries are “something that everybody should be concerned about.”
Axios reports a person was confirmed positive with the virus in Massachusetts, New York and “roughly a half dozen other cases” are “being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
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