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UberEats Announces Free Delivery For All Black-Owned Businesses

As corporations move to right their wrongs in response to mass political unrest, UberEats has announced the waiving of all delivery charges for black-owned restaurants.

The policy will last for the entirety of 2020, the company announced in an email last Thursday, and the included businesses will be featured in a prominent list on the app. A prompt, imploring users to “support Black-owned restaurants,” will appear to direct the user towards the list anytime the app is opened.

“We know there is no easy solution to the problem we have faced for centuries,” wrote the company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in said email, “We also know that we need to devote our time, energy, and resources toward making a difference.”

The email contained a list of other measures that the company will be enacting in support of these statements, including: a $1 million donation to the Equal Justice Initiative and Center for Policing Equity, discounted rides to black-owned businesses who have been affected by COVID-19, a policy tying Uber executive’s salaries to measurable progress in diversity goals, and the publishing of the company’s workforce data in hopes to be held accountable by the public.

It’s promising to see a corporation the size of Uber taking tangible steps towards helping the businesses and employees that haven’t received support in years past. One can only hope that other corporations, those who have remained silent or released empty statements, take note. 

Khosrowshahi ended the email with a call of support to the cause, unminced and encapsulating of the company’s motives:

“Lastly, let me speak clearly and unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.” 

While this is a positive start for giving awareness and a platform for Black-owned restaurants, the fact that UberEats is not lowering its core business of fees to the restaurant should be noted and still criticized. In a restaurant climate that’s already been ravaged by the pandemic, charging 30% for service fees is still a glaring problem that UberEats, along with other third party delivery apps, need to address. In the grand scheme of things, the delivery fee is nominal.

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Watch This Guy Try To Stop Actual Violent Protest With Pepsi

Just a few weeks back, Pepsi released an uninspiring and tone deaf video where superstar model Kendall Jenner stops a potentially violent protest with a can of Pepsi.

In that same spirit, when hundreds of protesters got rowdy during a “Patriots Day” rally in Berkeley, Calif., one brave soul sought to end the violence with cans of Pepsi in hand.

YouTuber Vito Gesualdi was literally in the middle of the protest, as there were Oakland PD in riot gear, violent fights erupting, and items being thrown left and right. Someone had to stop the madness, so walking through all this tensed-up rioters, Gesualdi offered the cans of soda to anyone and everyone he could.

This guy was literally walking up to fights on the floor, and geared-up police officers, all for the sake of making a beautifully constructed video, which perfectly illustrates just how stupid the original Pepsi ad was.

Thankfully Gesualdi didn’t get hurt with this comedic stunt, but he also didn’t stop the violence, which is a bummer.

Peep the full video below:

h/t brobible

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Whole Foods’ Decision to Sell Rabbit Meat Met with Backlash

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Whole Foods Market made the decision to begin selling rabbit meat at select stores across the nation. The news upset many, prompting them to protest the grocery chain in defense of their furry woodland friends. Among them were several rabbit advocacy groups including The House Rabbit Society. The society urged Whole Foods guests to tell as many people as they can about the rabbit meat, an animal that’s considered more a pet than meal.

HuffPo reports that a Whole Foods spokesman reached out to them acknowledging that Whole Foods is “sensitive to the companion animal issue” and that the company’s decision to carry the meat was a result of frequent customer requests to do so. Whole Foods stated in a release that the rabbits they sell must meet the requirement of having “continuous access to drinking water, feed, roughage and knowing blocks.”

Whole Foods Market is currently only selling rabbit meat at select locations in the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, north Atlantic, Northeast, South and Pacific Northwest and Southern California.

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While Fast Food Protests Sweep the Country, Australia McDonald’s Pays $15 Per Hour

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On Thursday, August 29th, low-wage employees gathered to the streets, demanding wages of $15 per hour, more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25, and the ability to form unions. The protests went viral early today, spreading to 50 cities including, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago — with throngs of employees working for large fast food chains walking out on their shifts.

It’s not livable,” Tyree Johnson told HuffPo. “I’ve been dedicated to McDonald’s for the past 21 years. I still make $8 an hour.”

Johnson’s story is one of many. “I’m tired of choosing between paying rent and eating,” Tamara Best-Watkins told the crowd outside the Rock N’ Roll McDonald’s in downtown Chicago. “I’m tired of choosing between taking my daughter out and paying rent.”

Officials in the restaurant industry warn that increased wages will hurt employees in the long run.

“Mandating increased wages would lead to higher prices for consumers, lower foot traffic and sales for franchise owners, and, ultimately, lost jobs and opportunities for employees to become managers or franchise owners,” Steve Caldeira, president and chief executive of the International Franchise Association, insisted in a statement. “The franchise industry is a proven job creator and career builder, yet efforts to double the minimum wage to $15 would clearly jeopardize opportunities for existing and prospective employees.”

While there is some truth to Caldeira’s words, he’s being a bit over-dramatic. Yes, US fast food chains would hurt, but only if wages were increased to $15 overnight. The key here would be to increase wages gradually while simultaneously creating a new business model. You need only to look at McDonald’s chains in Australia and France, where  full-time adult workers earn a minimum wage of $14.50 an hour and $12 an hour respectively, for an example of high wages and profits co-existing. Note that both country’s minimum wages and cost of living are significantly higher than the US’ and even these overseas models have their kinks.

In turn, franchises would have to hire fewer workers, create more efficient management and charge more for that beloved Whopper. But when it’s virtually impossible to live off the average salary of a fast food employee, this might just be the next necessary step.

H/T NRNThe Atlantic + PicThx Reuters 

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Occupy Wall Street Captures Support of Foodies

The Occupy Wall Street Protests originally stemmed from a ton of angry people, who were just tired of giant greedy banks getting fat at a cost of the rest of us. But unexpectedly, it won over the hearts of many foodies and food advocates because under the entire financial mumble jumble, lots and lots of people are getting concerned about a basic human need…FOOD.

Expanding to over 900 cities around the world, people are taking to the streets to show their concern about unfair food practices by large corporations. Ben and Jerry’s and other restaurants such as Katz Deli are pledging their alliance to the cause [globalpost]. Small local restaurants, and sympathizers in each city are also donating food to protesters and offering discounts or specials.

Friday marked the last formal day of the 5-week Occupy Wall Street Protests, but here are several unsettling facts you should know about the future of your food and why you may want to support the cause:

1. Wall Street speculation is driving up food costs. The relationship between Wall Street and the government has turned food into a commodity. Investment in bio-fuel is driving up grain prices, land prices, and that all get’s passed down to us, the consumers.

2. The richest 1% holds 40% of the nation’s wealth, while almost 1 in 5 Americans live on food stamps. “At least 40 million people around the world were driven into hunger and deprivation” when the first speculative food shock hit in 2007 [Tom Philpott, De Shutter, Motherjones]. The same thing is happening right now.

3. The food industry is a giant monopoly that possesses “market power.” Four companies sell 50% of global seeds and four companies churned out 75% of breakfast cereals, 75% of snacks, 60% of cookies, and 50% of ice cream [Tom Philpott, Motherjones]. These major players can decide to charge whatever they want…

4. Food companies are cutting costs at the expense of workers, farmers, and the environment. Driving down wages, squeezing small famers out of their livelihood, and degrading the environment are just some of the effects of the tragic effects of large corporations managing the food industry.

 

(photo credit: Cyndi Amaya, marcussamuelsson)