Google and Lyft Workers Tell Us Why They’re Striking for Black Lives Matter
On July 20, tens of thousands of Americans in 25 cities will stage a massive work stoppage to demand that corporations and the government confront systemic racism and police brutality. The strike will engage many traditional blue-collar workers who have led the labor union movement in the United States for decades, including teachers, janitors, nursing home staff, and security guards. But non-union workers at the country’s largest tech companies, including Amazon, Google, Uber, Lyft, and Postmates, who are in the midst of an unprecedented wave of rank-and-file mobilization, have also pledged to participate. Motherboard spoke to a Lyft driver, Google engineer, and Amazon warehouse worker about their respective decisions to participate in the Strike for Black Lives on July 20. The workers cited the companies’ recent track records of exploiting Black workers during the pandemic, and supplying police with technologies that target BIPOC communities as a critical part of their decision to strike.