These days, it’s hard not to feel discouraged by recent events in our country.
From horrifying news about immigrant families being separated at our border, to dangerous Supreme Court rulings that sanction blatantly discriminatory policies like gerrymandering or the President’s Muslim Ban to stand, it is all very disturbing.
On social media, we see shocking videos of people of color, LGBT people, people of minority faiths, and many others facing discrimination from businesses in their local communities. And, far too often the news is reporting stories like the couple that was recently kicked out of an Uber simply because they’re gay, Muslim women who were ordered to leave a café, people of color facing abuse and violence in a diner, or people with disabilities being harassed in a restaurant.
As a nation, we decided long ago that when a business opens its doors to the public, it should be open to everyone, on the same terms. It’s time to stand up and defend that bedrock American principal and reject discrimination.
That’s why Open to All today announced that some of the nation’s largest companies including Yelp, Levi Strauss & Co., more than 1,200 small businesses, the cities of New York and Oakland joined the coalition of over 190 civil rights, racial justice, LGBT equality, faith, disability and other organizations to unveil a new nationwide Open to All campaign.
As part of this new business engagement program, the Open to All coalition unveiled a newly revamped website, and new window signage for businesses with storefronts so they can announce to their customers that they are “Open to All.”
Click here to read the exclusive story from the Associated Press “Levi’s, Yelp join coalition pledging not to discriminate”
We’re also excited to announce that Yelp—the company that connects people with great local businesses—has introduced the “Open to All” attribute businesses to distinguish themselves as a safe and welcoming place to everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religious or disability. The new feature makes it easier for consumers across the country to identify and support businesses who are committed to welcoming all.
Other prominent, national businesses enlisting in the effort today include Airbnb, Lyft, and Thumbtack, among others, and all of whom urged other business leaders across the nation to champion the bedrock principle that businesses should serve everyone on the same terms, with dignity and respect. .
The new Open to All campaign is an opportunity for communities big and small to join together and send a strong message that we reject discrimination.
This is our chance to change things for the better and create the kinds of communities where everyone is welcome and not turned away because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion or disability.
Join the campaign and take action:
- SPREAD THE WORD Order window clings and a toolkit to reach out to local businesses. Ask them to sign the Open to All pledge and show their support publicly!
- OPEN TO ALL ON YELP Let businesses know about Yelp’s new “Open to All” attribute and encourage them to check the box!
- SHARE Help spread the word about Open to All by sharing the images and videos below on social media using #OpenToAll
- BE COUNTED Add your voice to the growing chorus of Americans who reject discrimination! Be a part of the Open to All campaign!