Last Friday, I spent almost 4 hours standing in direct sunlight watching various alt-right supporters and conspiracy theorists of every stripe screaming about how being “shadowbanned” from social media is the same as being sent to a concentration camp. The words “hate speech is free speech” were quite literally uttered, and the person who said it was standing across from an art installation featuring Holocaust survivors. I wrote about the entire horrible, no-good, rotten day for SF Weekly.
Today thousands of Uber drivers are logging off for 12 hours beginning at 12 noon local time to express their frustration at the rideshare giant paying them poverty wages while reaping millions off of the service they provide. Uber is going public on Friday, one of the biggest expected public offerings in California history.
I wrote about it for the Center for American Progress’s TalkPoverty.org, and discovered this shocking fact, courtesy of an Egyptian-American driver I spoke to: the majority of rideshare drivers in San Francisco are Yemeni, while one of Uber’s investors, expected to reap $16 billion from its IPO, is the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman. Essentially, Uber is indirectly funding the Yemeni civil war, which has caused the biggest humanitarian crisis of the century and a horrific cholera epidemic.
The San Francisco Taxi Drivers Alliance is holding a press conference on Thursday in solidarity with striking Uber drivers.
Pivoting to Labor
Democrats are hopefully starting to read the room and remembering that they’re supposed to be the party of labor unions with the proposed Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Sarah Jones wrote this piece at New York Magazine’s Intelligencer.
Riot Games, the video game studio that makes gobs of money making League of Legends, saw mass walkouts from its employees over the company’s use of forced arbitration on Monday.
When Riot Games hires an employee, the employee signs away their right to sue the company. Any disagreements have to be handled via forced arbitration—a form of dispute resolution where the two parties sit down in private with an arbiter who helps resolve the problem. —VICE News