A note from our co-founders: A call to action for each of us
Yesterday, Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer shared the following note with Lyft team members.
We want to take a moment to speak candidly with you about the tragedy that is enveloping our country right now, and affecting all of our communities. To our Black community at Lyft, we recognize your pain and feelings of fatigue over the injustices you face every day. We want you to feel empowered and supported because the color of your skin should not impact how you are treated in America.
The recent acts of injustice against Black Americans — George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, and countless others — have created an inflection point in America. This is a call to action for each and every one of us to do better, to speak up, and to be part of the solution. It is now up to us at Lyft to become true allies and lead a company where our team feels empowered and supported to do the same.
To start, we need more discourse and allyship. Later this week, we will be having an internal livestream conversation to kick off allyship dialogues with the goal of seeking better understanding and promoting more conversation on these topics. Then we will bring together leaders across the company to discuss how we can best use the Lyft platform to cultivate more inclusive experiences for our riders, drivers and team members.
Systemic racism is deeply rooted in our society, and it’s important that Lyft supports organizations that fight it. As part of our continued commitment to communities of color through LyftUp, our transportation access initiative, we’re providing $500,000 in ride credit to national civil rights organizations who have been working to facilitate essential transportation and equitable access during the recent crises (National Urban League, NAACP, National Action Network, Black Women’s Roundtable and National Bail Fund Network). In Minneapolis specifically, we will be donating LyftUp ride credit to Lake Street Council to facilitate rides to volunteers assisting with rebuilding efforts.
We must each be part of the solution here at Lyft and beyond. Thank you for being such a strong team and for being there for each other.
Logan & John