Avaaz Calls on Californians to Refuse to Use Uber

Uber has been having a hard time lately. Former attorney general Eric Holder has been hired to investigate harassment and discrimination claims against the company. When an Uber board member presented Mr. Holder’s report to the company’s executives, he thought that now would be a good time to make a sexist comment. It actually was a very bad decision; he was forced to resign as a result of the remark.

Unfortunately, the afore-mentioned investigation was not the entire reason for Uber’s troubles. Uber has been at the forefront of several scandals lately. However, it isn’t likely that people will stop hiring Uber drivers when they need to travel somewhere.

The Answer

My advice is to resist the temptation. Consider what is at stake before you call Uber. After all, Uber is not the only ridesharing service in existence. You have many options. You might take the bus or a taxi. You can ride the train. You can even call Lyft. If you really want to be adventurous, you could hire a limousine just for fun. Too much has gone wrong with Uber to let it go without letting your voice be heard. Let them know how unhappy you are with them by refusing to use their service.

There is a lot riding on this. Ridesharing is a great idea and a huge convenience for too many people. This type of business cannot be allowed to remain solely in the hands of a company like Uber. The next ridesharing company that replaces Uber and does it well is set to be at the top of the industry. This company’s executives are going to be the ones to change the way we build cities and use energy. They will also change the way managers hire and pay their employees. Most importantly, they will be the ones that we will trust with our families, our neighborhoods, personal data and national infrastructure.

The Problem with Uber

The problem is that the way Uber is today, it cannot be trusted to perform the above-described duties. The board members have had to take a look at the company, and they have come to the conclusion that they are not up to the task, but things seem to moving in the right direction. Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick announced that he was taking a leave of absence. The company also prepared a list of improvements that they would be making that are meant to change the company’s culture.

It seems that Uber has made some positive plans for the company, but very little movement has been made in this area. On top of that, Uber hasn’t suffered any negative consequences. Over the past year, executives reported that earnings have tripled. The response to this fact has been the “Delete Uber Campaign.”

The Delete Uber Campaign

Avaaz has taken the lead on pushing the Delete Uber Campaign by getting the word out on the options people have when choosing a ride sharing company they can trust. They have started an online petition calling on the public to delete the Uber app not only because of Uber’s support for Donald Trump but because of their treatment of their employees.


With the Delete Uber Campaign, supporters are urging Uber customers to stop using Uber and suggest that they use Lyft. This is the preferable choice because Lyft is not a Donald Trump supporter like the executives at Uber have claimed to be. Delete Uber Campaign supporters can punish Uber for their faulty business practices at the same time that they show other corporations what will happen to them if they continue to support Donald Trump.

For the time being, it doesn’t look like Uber is losing any customers. It is just too convenient for people to click on the app and be on the way to their next destination. Without following the boycott, things aren’t likely to be any different in the future, so the Delete Uber Campaign must be encouraged to proceed.