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Proposition 22 would undo the employee status granted to some independent contractors under Assembly Bill 5, legislation enacted earlier this year mandating that companies file their workers as employees under a stricter A-B-C test. (Photo: Max Gersh / The Commercial Appeal)

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in Capital & Main (Los Angeles) and appears in the Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance-Register with courtesy of that publication. 

“It’s a racist ballot measure,” says Cherri Murphy, a Black Lyft driver and social justice minister in the Bay Area.

Murphy, an organizer with Rideshare Drivers United, hasn’t gotten behind the wheel of her car since the pandemic began, faced with what she called a “devil’s choice” – driving and risking

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