This past year, our country took to the streets in unprecedented numbers to mourn the death of George Floyd and to protest the systems of racial oppression that allowed for his murder. For the first time, our country began to reckon with the deep seated systems of oppression that have denied Black and Brown Americans their basic human rights. The majority of our drivers are people of color who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to the fight to eradicate racism in our communities and in the workplace.
The Independent Drivers Guild is proud to stand with protesters, activists and leaders in demanding accountability, justice and an end to white supremacy. We proudly stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and with all movements fighting for social justice. We firmly believe that black lives do matter and we will not stop fighting and organizing until that fundamental truth is acknowledged in our society and in the workplace.
The diversity of our community is our greatest strength. Our members, the majority of whom are people of color, have had to confront racism in many forms, particularly at work. As drivers, they face racism from riders and from executives at the rideshare apps. They are often the victims of unfair and racist terminations that can upend their lives and prevent them from providing for their families.
We are committed to fighting for a fair and anti-racist workplace for our members. We are demanding that the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and the app companies review their policies and practices pertaining to systematic racism by riders. No one should fear losing their job because of what they look like, the color of their skin, or where they come from.
Over the past few years there has been a significant and deeply troubling uptick in hate crimes against Asian people across our country. In 2020, crimes against Asian Americans increased by nearly 150%. These acts of violence are upsetting and unacceptable. The Independent Drivers Guild stands in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community as well as protesters and activists who are working to dismantle systems of white supremacy.
We are actively working with rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber to make sure that conditions are safe for all drivers. On Sunday, April 4th, 2021, we were proud to join the Coalition of Asian-Americans for Civil Rights’ Rally to Stop Asian Hate. We will continue to spread awareness and condemn any forms of discrimination. Together, we can stand against hate.