Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, released the following statement after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick agreed to resign from President Trump’s business advisory council in response to the national outcry against the Muslim and refugee ban. Earlier this week, Muslim Advocates and Color of Change urged Kalanick and the 18 other CEOs on the business council to step down.
The council, formally known as the Strategic and Policy Forum, consists of CEOs of major companies like Pepsico, General Electric, Wal-Mart, Walt Disney, Boeing, Tesla, the Cleveland Clinic, and others to provide counsel to the President on business matters. CEOs of some of the companies have issued statements against the ban, but Kalanick is thus far the only one to resign his membership.
“Membership on this council is an endorsement of bigotry, period. Thanks to the thousands of activists who protested and made their voice heard, Kalanick and Uber woke up to this reality. However, the 18 other CEOs on this business council are still trying to have it both ways.
Immigrants and refugees are suffering and families are being torn apart; that’s not in Walt Disney’s business model or Boeing’s or Pepsico’s or any of the other companies who are standing behind this president.
Sending out a statement of opposition isn’t enough when the President is attempting to criminalize and demonize an entire religion. If these companies want to be on the right side of history and the right side of their customers, they’ll join Uber in stepping down from this council immediately.”