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Airbnb donates $500,000 to Black Lives Matter and NAACP after laying off 1,900 employees

'And we'll be matching employee donations to both groups,' Airbnb announced

Published: June 2, 2020 2:02pm

Updated: June 2, 2020 6:43pm

Airbnb is donating $500,000 to Black Lives Matter and the NAACP after it recently cut 1,900 jobs, reducing its workforce by about 25% during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We stand with #BlackLivesMatter," the company tweeted Monday night. "We are donating a total of $500,000 to the @NAACP and the @Blklivesmatter Foundation in support of their fight for equality and justice. And we'll be matching employee donations to both groups. Because a world where we all belong takes all of us."

The donation comes after Airbnb announced in early May that it was laying off 1,900 workers, amid the economic slowdown created by the pandemic. 

Black Lives Matter is urging its supporters to promote its #DefundThePolice initiative on social media in response to the death of George Floyd after Minneapolis police arrested him last week.

"We call for a national defunding of police," reads a post on the BLM national website. "We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive. If you’re with us, add your name to the petition right now and help us spread the word."

In an email to customers on Tuesday, Lyft announced the ride share company is donating $500,000 in ride share credits to the National Urban League, NAACP, the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Black Women's Roundtable and National Bail Fund Network. Lyft laid off almost 1,000 workers recently.

"As part of our continued commitment to communities of color through LyftUp, our transportation access initiative, we're providing $500,000 in ride credit to national civil rights organizations who have been working to facilitate essential transportation and equitable access during the recent crises," wrote Lyft's co-founders. 

Facebook announced on Sunday evening it is donating $10 million to "groups working on racial justice."

"We're working with our civil rights advisors and our employees to identify organizations locally and nationally that could most effectively use this right now," wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. 



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