Lyft is donating $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union

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Following wide-spread protests over President Donald Trump’s executive orders banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries on yesterday, a number of prominent tech CEOs have offered responses ranging from strong to tepid. The founders of ride-share company Lyft have offered their response in the form of a million dollar donation to the American Civil Liberties Union.

According to a statement from Lyft, the executive orders are “antithetical to both Lyft’s and our nation’s core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.”

The release went on to note that the company would donate “$ 1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution.”

Lyft’s co-founder and CEO Logan Green took to Twitter last night to condemn the executive orders:

Lyft’s response to the protests is in sharp contrast to that of its rival, Uber. While Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick pledged to compensate drivers stranded overseas due to the executive orders, he did not specifically condemn the executive order. The company was criticized for the tone-deaf response from its CEO, prompting a new hashtag on Twitter: #DeleteUber.

We’ve reached out to Lyft for further comment, and will update this post if we hear back.

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