We say NO to Uber in Oakland — unless the company makes concrete commitments to protect our city’s workers, small and minority-owned businesses, and community groups while upholding our city’s values.
UPDATE: Uber indicated in late August that it’s considering selling its Oakland building rather than moving in. Whatever Uber does, we still believe this major downtown property should be used in ways that benefit Oakland residents and community groups struggling with gentrification. Watch this space for updates.
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Uber isn’t just another business coming to our town. Even if it moves in gradually, as recent reports indicate, It will have a huge impact on every aspect of our community. Just as important, Uber represents the leading edge of a growing tech wave that could swamp our city. That brings with it a responsibility to be a good neighbor to Oakland’s people, businesses and neighborhood institutions – and to set a positive example for other companies moving into downtown. Large companies like Uber can serve as anchor institutions that bring meaningful benefits to communities — if they listen to community concerns and make a serious effort to address them.
To be welcome in Oakland, Uber must change. We demand that Uber work with the community to hammer out a constructive agenda to ensure that Oakland’s diverse residents have access to good jobs (not just part-time driving gigs), local nonprofits and minority-owned businesses remain strong, and that the tech boom doesn’t displace working families, community organizations and local artists. So far, we’ve seen no sign that Uber is willing to do so.
Unless that changes, we will continue to say NO to Uber. We invite you to join us.