Trump’s “Ban on Muslims”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/30/nyc_taxi_drivers_stage_airport_strike

Besides the incredible courageous power of these taxi-drivers, who instituted a work stoppage at Terminal 4 at JFK to show their solidarity with both the protestors there and the people from Muslim majority nations newly banned and being detained having just landed from overseas,

and how heartening it was to see these drivers, people who are often the targets of hate crimes themselves because many are Muslim or Sikh, stand up and protest in this way, sacrificing their working hours because of what is outrageous and, also, what they fear may happen to them in a Trump-America, I suspect,

I wanted to post this to point out that I could find no stories that interviewed the striking taxi-drivers themselves. The Democracy Now story that interviewed the spokesperson for the Taxi-Driver Alliance, Bhairavi Desi, is the closest that I could find after a not inconsiderable google search…

This is a comment on the media… When will journalists cover the voices of those actually affected and / or doing the protesting?

Also, this is a strike in NYC the likes of which we have not seen since… the MTA transit worker strike.

Also, stemming from this is the consumer activist Uber boycott. People are deleting the app from their phones, because Uber did not suspend service to the airport, as well. Their CEO also sits on Trump’s advisory board on economic and other issues. This widespread consumer radicalism is unusual. I wonder where it will go, how long this radicalism will be sustained, and how.

Overall, what people are calling a “Muslim Ban” is outrageous and will not go away unless people speak out… Everyone’s speech is so necessary right now. Just thinking “this is outrageous” is not enough. There have to be clear-spoken denunciations in every which way, otherwise Trump’s ban will stand, hundreds and thousands, perhaps millions, of people around the world will be affected, torn apart from their families, and the US will lose hundreds of thousands of would-be immigrants….

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5 thoughts on “Trump’s “Ban on Muslims”

  1. From 6-7, I heard. And what does Uber do? Turn off surge pricing. Why don’t they do that during the Halloween Day Parade? New forms of strikebreaking abound…

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    • So you think that Uber turned off surge pricing in a deliberate way to get new customers who would have otherwise gone with a yellow or green taxi of the Taxi-Drivers Union? By lowering the price, turning off surge pricing that would otherwise be present in situations of “high demand,” they would try to steal customers away from the striking taxi-drivers, who would otherwise have gotten those customers once the strike was over?!? Wow, I didn’t really think of this. I thought that they turned off surge pricing so they didn’t give off the appearance of “profiting” from the strike at the airport on top of actually breaking the strike and not participating in the protest in the way in which the taxi-drivers were. Yes, they undermined the strike in this way. I wonder what the taxi-drivers who were part of the strike but also worked for Uber did.

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    • You mean it wasn’t that they turned off surge pricing to be “nice”? Or they didn’t turn off surge price because there were just so many people jammed up at Terminal 4? You think they turned off surge pricing specifically because they knew more people would order cabs that way from them?

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