AirBnB’s free housingBrian Chesky, CEO, Airbnb took to Twitter to announce that the company is working to provide free housing for those affected by travel restrictions resulting from a Trump administration executive order issued Friday.
AirBnB has come up with a page seeking volunteers from around the world who would like to host people “affected by the recent travel ban” for free. The page has been appropriately titled “Help create a world where anyone can belong anywhere.” Chesky had earlier shown solidarity with people affected by the ban.
Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 29, 2017
Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected.— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 29, 2017
Open doors brings all of US together. Closing doors further divides US. Let's all find ways to connect people, not separate them.— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 28, 2017
Uber’s defense fundCab hailing app, Uber, has created a $3 million defense fund to help cover legal, immigration and translation costs for drivers affected by Trump’s immigration and travel ban. Travis Kalanick, CEO, Uber, sent two mails — to Uber employees and drivers respectively. He assured the employees that the company is “working out a process to identify these drivers and compensate them pro bono during the next three months to help mitigate some of the financial stress and complications with supporting their families and putting food on the table.” He also, sent out a separate mail to the drivers, the text of which he shared on his Facebook page.
Here’s the email I’m sending to drivers affected by President’s unjust immigration and travel ban: At Uber we’ve always believed in standing up for what’s right. Today we need your help supporting drivers who may be impacted by the President’s unjust immigration ban. Drivers who are citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen and live in the US but have left the country, will not be able to return for 90 days. This means they won’t be able to earn money and support their families during this period. So it’s important that as a community that we do everything we can to help these drivers. Here’s what Uber will do:Kalanick incidentally is part of President Trump’s economic advisory group. He assured that he will take up the issue, this coming Friday, when he goes to Washington for President Trump’s first business advisory group meeting.
If you are a driver or a friend or family member of someone who has been affected, please contact us at: https://goo.gl/forms/AIJTivooFxuExX1p1. Uber is a community. We’re here to support each other. Please help Uber to help drivers who may be affected by this wrong and unjust immigration ban. -Travis
- Provide 24/7 legal support for drivers who are trying to get back into the country. Our lawyers and immigration experts will be on call 24/7 to help.
- Compensate drivers for their lost earnings. This will help them support their families and put food on the table while they are banned from the US;
- Urge the government to reinstate the right of U.S. residents to travel – whatever their country of origin – immediately;
- Create a $3 million legal defense fund to help drivers with immigration and translation services.
Lyft, Postmates, Slack, others donate to ACLUUber’s competition, Lyft also announced to donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over the next four years to bolster its fight against President Trump’s travel restrictions. ACLU, according to reports, broke all its fundraising records this weekend as it became the main group challenging President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions. The non-profit raised $24,164,691 this weekend from 356,306 online donations. The non-profit filed a lawsuit on Saturday, on behalf of two Iraqi men who were detained at the JFK Airport in New York that resulted in a federal judge blocking part of Trump’s order on Saturday night. According to TechCrunch, several investors and industry figureheads, including Chris Sacca, Stripe’s Patrick Collison, Nest founder Tony Fadell and Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield have also pledged funds towards the ACLU initiative over the past few days. Bastian Lehmann, Co-founder and CEO of Postmates, in a blog post, announced:
In order to help preserve the historic relationship the United States has with immigration and to mitigate the impact on those affected by the current changes in policy we will be matching the personal donations made by Postmates employees to the ACLU and the International Refugee Assistance Project.