I was checking my email this evening and saw this interesting email:
We were horrified by the neo-Nazi demonstration that took place in Charlottesville, which resulted in the loss of life of a young woman as well as two Virginia State Troopers responding to the protest. There is simply no place for this type of bigotry, discrimination, and hate.
As the country braces for more white supremacist demonstrations, we wanted to let you know what we are doing for the Uber community:
- We will act swiftly and decisively to uphold our Community Guidelines, including our policy against discrimination of any kind—this includes banning people from the app.
- 24/7 in-app support is available to answer questions and address concerns. You always have the right to end your trip if you feel uncomfortable or disrespected.
Now more than ever we must stand together against hatred and violence. Thank you for making our community one that we can all be proud of.
On behalf of all of us at Uber,
Meghan Verena Joyce
Regional General Manager, US & Canada Cities
Now, this is great, I’m not complaining that I got the email. What is frustrating is that it has to be sent out at all. It’s heartbreaking that major companies like Uber have to stand up and speak out against hate and racism because our president won’t. It’s pathetic that companies have to send out an email telling its customers they are against white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
I think if I keep going with this post we will go down a rabbit hole of anger and complaints I am feeling right now and there’s no need for that. Instead of complaining and bitching I am going to put my money where my mouth is. I am going to do something to make a difference instead of just sitting here behind my computer complaining.
I found an article on UpWorthy with 16 ways you can make a difference after Charlottesville that I think has a lot of really great ideas and websites to check out. I have signed up for a few listed and I also am a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is a good source of information. Anyway, here is the list, you can check out the website for full descriptions and the websites they suggest.
- Make sure you are okay.
- Become a member of the NAACP.
- Follow Sesame Street’s lead and go out of your way to do something nice (big or small) for someone each day this week.
- Donate to the victims of the Charlottesville terror attack.
- If you’re not a person of color, take 10 minutes to learn about allyship.
- Speaking of being an ally – signing up for a Safety Pin Box subscription is a great first step.
- Find out how your own representatives reacted to Charlottesville.
- Help the country Swing Left in 2018.
- Find a protest in your own community within the Indivisible Guide.
- Report harassment online, or call on the allies at WHite Nonsense Roundup to step in
- Tune into TV shows that tackle important issues of racial and social injustice on screen.
- Use VolunteerMatch.org to commit to volunteering once a month with a group doing social justice work in your area.
- Systemic racism is one thing. But what should you do when bigoted harassment or violence is unfolding right in front of you? (Check out SPLC)
- Sign up for Common Cause’s Sessions Watch to keep an eye on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
- Boost the Black Lives Matter movement on social media.
- Help Charlottesville rally past this dark period by supporting one of its incredible local non-profits.