- Co-founder, CEO of Airbnb
- Co-founder, CEO of Airbnb
Airbnb: Restore Judea and Samaria Jewish Listings
To: Greg Greeley, President of Homes Belinda Johnson, Chief Operating OfficerBrian Chesky, CEO We are in shock over Airbnb's decision to ban only Jewish owned listings from the disputed regions of Judea and Samaria (West Bank.) Meanwhile, the company has not removed the Arab-owned listings from the same areas, thus deepening the injustice and revealing a blatantly discriminatory policy. On Airbnb's webpage titled "Diversity at Airbnb", Brian Chesky CEO, Co-founder of Airbnb writes: "At the heart of our mission is the idea that people are fundamentally good and every community is a place where you can belong. I sincerely believe that [discrimination] is the greatest challenge we face as a company. It cuts to the core of who we are and the values that we stand for." As you may know, the regions of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) are home to over 750,000 Jewish people spread out in 200 communities, including those located in the east side of Jerusalem, Israel's Eternal Capital City. We hope that Airbnb will leave politics in the hands of the politicians and continue to allow the law-abiding Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria region to take part in the wonderful project that is Airbnb. Please hold your own words true by fighting discrimination wherever it may be found and continue to believe that "every community is a place where you can belong."
Change the policy of separating families at the border
President Trump's recent policies and opinions regarding the separation of families at the border is truly monstrous. Understandably, the topic of immigration in the US has always been controversial and has become even more so with Trump's vocal opinions on the topic, declaring that "The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility". His new policies separate immigrant families altogether— an act that anybody with a heart would say that it's a horrible thing to do. Just yesterday, an image of a small child, no older than 6, was forcibly separated from his mother by armed troops. In no country should a child be separated from their parents when attempting to live a better life, certainly not in the United States, which has always been a home for the “tired, [the] poor, the huddled masses…” The issue of illegal immigration is one that should be addressed and dealt with, but not like this. This petition calls to reform the policies that separate children from their parents in order to eliminate the heartbreak and pain that our current policy brings. In order for the process to become easier we have to look at what makes it so hard. Families go through far too many hardships in order to get into the US, to the extent that it almost makes more sense for them to immigrate in illegally. Is it wrong? Of course; however, these people cannot be blamed for their actions. The concept of “anchor babies” isn’t new and it isn’t an easy issue to tackle. Women from Russia and China come to America pregnant, and they deliver their children here in order to skip the immigration line. We hope to avoid immoral and possibly illegal actions being done to live in America. The legislators could attempt a reform to have more resources and allocations be sent to the immigration process. It’s understandable to be tough on immigration laws but there are ways to be tough on immigrants without being cruel.
While Sahrawis are suffering in refugee camps, AirBnB profits from their stolen homes
We, the undersigned, demand that AirBnB removes its home rental listings in the occupied territories of Western Sahara. Airbnb currently listing properties for rent in Moroccan occupied territories of Western Sahara in a clear violation of the international law, supporting a brutal occupation furthermore undermining the United Nations-led peace process put in place to bring an end to the suffering of people. In 1975, at least 200,000 Sahrawis were forced to flee their homes in Western Sahara, after Morocco invaded their country. Today they live in Refugee camps in one of the harshest living conditions e.g. extreme heat, lack of access to water or electricity and the reliance on humanitarian food aid for their survival. Over the course of four decades of a brutal occupation, Morocco has facilitated a settlement program, moving over 300,000 Moroccan citizens into Western Sahara. Moroccan settlers now count for the majority populations of the occupied territories. The Moroccan settlement enterprise violates several international laws such as exercising control over a territory those indigenous populations are entitled, under international human rights law, to self-determination keep in mind that Morocco occupied the territory using force, therefore, violating the international humanitarian law. Airbnb is adding to their suffering by listing their stolen homes for rent for the sole benefit of the settlers. In doing so, Airbnb too violates many international laws. We were encouraged by Airbnb recent progress and step in the right direction by pulling out of the illegal Israeli settlements in West Bank Palestine and we demand that you do the same in Western Sahara. This petition was started by the Sahrawi Advocacy Campaign, Sahrawi Association in Canada, and Sahrawi Association in USA. ______ For more information visit: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CESCR/Shared%20Documents/MAR/INT_CESCR_CSS_MAR_21582_E.pdf https://SahCan.org https://sahrawiusa.com email@example.com
An Airbnb Guest Stole $20K worth of property from my home, & Airbnb doesn't want to help
I was an Airbnb host for 5 years. I was extremely grateful to Airbnb, because their existence allowed me to survive in New York while working on my social good startup, Seeds. I often slept on my couch while renting out my room to Airbnb guests, so that I could get by while working on Seeds full time. In November of 2016, I was in Miami for work. I checked my online banking account, and learned that someone named Ashley C. Robles had stolen a check from the filing cabinet in my apartment, made it out to herself in the amount of $2500, and cashed it. This was all the money I had at that time. Thankfully, the bank caught the fraud, and quickly refunded the $2500. Unfortunately, two Macbook computers - one with about $11000 worth of Litecoin and Dogecoin cryptocurrency on it - and a Louis Vuitton bag were also stolen. All of the contents of the Louis Vuitton bag had been removed and put in another purse, which didn't belong to me and was abandoned in my apartment afterward (the photo above shows this purse, as well as my stolen purse's contents). In total, what was stolen amounted to all of the valuables I owned, outside of what I had on me. When I reported this to Airbnb, I was assigned a Customer Service representative named Adrian. He was unempathetic and unhelpful, so I requested that I be put in touch with a manager several times. He refused my multiple requests, and then told me Airbnb would not help me. Adrian said he was refusing help because Ashley C. Robles was not the name of any paying guests who had reserved my apartment. But Airbnb's $1 million insurance policy states that they are responsible for guests and for guests' "invitees." The only people who had access to my apartment were Airbnb guests - and anyone they invited in, with or without my knowledge or permission. In large part as a result of this theft, I hit considerable financial hardship. I couldn't afford to pay rent, and even to buy food, when things reached their worst. I've had to rely on help from friends and family to have a secure place to stay while working through this financial difficulty. I want Airbnb to compensate me for the full value of the items stolen. Also, I'd like an apology. If it weren't for hosts like me, who were reliable for years, Airbnb's business could not exist. I'm hurt, angry, and deeply disappointed in Airbnb for having treated me this way.