NYC Taxi Drivers Stage Airport Strike to Protest Trump's "Inhumane and Cruel" Executive Order

President Trump’s immigration order prompted the New York Taxi Workers Alliance to halt rides from JFK airport Saturday night between 6 and 7 p.m. In a statement explaining the one-hour strike, the alliance said, “Drivers stand in solidarity with refugees coming to America in search of peace and safety and with those who are simply trying to return to their homes here in America after traveling abroad. We stand in solidarity with all of our peace-loving neighbors against this inhumane, cruel, and unconstitutional act of pure bigotry.” Meanwhile, the ride-sharing service Uber faced an online backlash for refusing to honor Saturday’s strike. Hundreds of people shared screenshots of themselves deleting the Uber app from smartphones, as the social media hashtag #DeleteUber trended worldwide on Sunday.


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AMY GOODMAN: Bhairavi Desai is with us, who is the executive director and co-founder of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. It’s an alliance that represents what? Eighteen thousand taxi drivers in New York City. So, on Saturday, from 6:00 to 7:00 Eastern time, you organized taxi drivers to not pick up passengers at JFK, is that right? Why?

BHAIRAVI DESAI: That’s right. We were outraged —

AMY GOODMAN: At Terminal 4.

BHAIRAVI DESAI: We were outraged by the so-called executive order. I mean, it’s just — it’s absolutely inhumane and cruel. And we are a workforce that’s largely Muslim and Sikh. And we know that, you know, when the flames of Islamophobia are fanned, and now by the presidency, it has a ripple effect on everyday people in this country. We’ve known through the years that taxi drivers, who are 20 times more likely to be killed on the job than any other worker, have often been the workers that have been the victims of hate crimes.

AMY GOODMAN: And so, what happened?

BHAIRAVI DESAI: It was just —

AMY GOODMAN: How many taxis? They just wouldn’t go to Terminal 4?

BHAIRAVI DESAI: That’s right, yeah. I mean,…

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