Civil Rights Groups Speak Out Against Proposed Freeze On Uber And Lyft In Harlem

Business Insider reports that Civil rights groups joined Uber and Lyft in their fight against the New York City Council’s proposed plan to place a cap on the number of vehicles that ride-share services can operate in the city.

After City Council Speaker Corey Johnson revealed his proposal to place a freeze on new ride-sharing vehicles allowed in New York City, the N.A.A.C.P., the National Urban League, and the National Action Network all joined Uber and Lyft in publicly opposing the proposed legislation.

According to an article published on Sunday by the New York Times, some Black and Latino New Yorkers feel that getting to their destinations is harder for them as yellow taxis deliberately pass them up on the street.

Dr. Johnnie M. Green Jr., a pastor in Harlem, told the New York Times, “It’s a racial issue. The people that champion the crusade against Uber do not have a problem hailing yellow cabs.”

Dr. Johnnie M. Green Jr., a pastor in Harlem, told the New York Times, “It’s a racial issue. The people that champion the crusade against Uber do not have a problem hailing yellow cabs.”

Neither the N.A.A.C.P. nor the National Urban League responded to Business Insider for comment.

On Saturday, Reverend Al Sharpton spoke publicly at the Harlem headquarters of his organization, the National Action Network. Sharpton stood in-front of an audience and loudly denounced City Council’s proposed cap on Uber and Lyft cars saying, “I’m trying to get to work, I’m trying to get to school. I want somebody that’s gonna pick me up.”

On Saturday, Reverend Al Sharpton spoke publicly at the Harlem headquarters of his organization, the National Action Network. Sharpton stood in-front of an audience and loudly denounced City Council’s proposed cap on Uber and Lyft cars saying, “I’m trying to get to work, I’m trying to get to school. I want somebody that’s gonna pick me up.”

They’re talking about putting a cap on Uber, do you know how difficult it is for black people to get a yellow cab in New York City? This isn’t about UBER it’s about US-AH! We need to stand up for US! #saturdayactionrally

The City Council’s proposed legislation would place a one-year freeze on any new ride-sharing vehicles (driving for companies like Lyft or Uber) while studying what effect the growth of ride-sharing services has had on New York City. Mayor Bill DeBlasio voiced support for the plan in a radio interview on Friday.

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