Here is the National Day of Action for Public Transportation – a great video with a hard-hitting message. TOMORROW is the National Day of Action to support public transportation, called by Occupy Boston, and supported by 16 other cities and many unions. In Massachusetts, this major action is scheduled at the State House tomorrow:
As FDR said in his great speech about freedom of fear, there is no freedom without economic freedom and this speech is still relevant today – a fight against tyranny including a fight against terrorism does not justify either the current attack on the Bill of Rights or the reality that 93% of the alleged recovery went to the top 1% and public transportation has been sucked dry (including by the Big Dig culture in this state foisting its debt on the MBTA) Here is the FDR speech.
The Open Letter is here
As a result of the call to action from Occupy the MBTA, actions in support of public transportation and against the the underfunding and privatization of public transportation are occurring in cities all over the country on April 4, 2012.
In Boston, details about the planned rally and action against service cuts, and fare hikes is here
That link also has the resolution passed by the General Assembly of Occupy Boston, and transmitted to other Occupy General Assemblies.
Shockingly – 27% of Boston’s population in some districts ONLY have the MBTA and do not have vehicles or access to any vehicle. See the following article, which contains a number of charts that REALLY bring home that the plans proposed, either of them, even “somewhat” scaled down would devastate some neighborhoods and cost more in lost business than could be gained by the cuts.
And, for information on the April 4, 2012 “People’s Hearing” and rally, here is the flyer I was handed myself on the MBTA:
So – bring your camera, your camcorder, your video camera – and come on down and make or record history. Your children will thank you, and so will the environment (who needs 300,000 more vehicle trips in a short period of time anyway?)
The candlelight tribute to Martin Luther King was exceptionally moving, and brought into focus why public transporation is a civil right, and the differential treatment in the MBTA “Plan” of marginalized communities, not just people of color but the disabled.
evening, Occupy the MBTA, a working group of Occupy Boston, launched
Camp Charlie, a ten day occupation of the State House steps to protest
fare-hikes and service cutbacks on the MBTA. Having survived the depths
of the recession, the 99% now faces additional taxes in the form of
escalating T fares and the loss of essential transport routes. This is a
further transfer of public wealth to the banks. These are the same
institutions that were bailed out by the American taxpayer after being
rendered insolvent by their own, criminal recklessness. The only debt in
need of servicing is their debt to us. In a country that lavishes four
billion dollars in subsidies on the oil companies, the relentless
assault on public transport could not make less sense – ethically,
environmentally, or otherwise. Camp Charlie will be a place for public
debate, conversation, and outreach – a living testament to the refusal
of the people to be further abused by a clutch of corporate interests,
multinational banking cartels and consolidated oil interests.
in Dewey Square and until December 10, 2011. Occupy Boston has been directly
inspired by our brothers and sisters at Occupy Wall St. in New York, and we
stand in solidarity with them. Occupy Boston invites the 99% to speak out for
economic and political systems that work for all people, not just a few. Occupy
Boston is just one of more than 125 separate US Occupy movement sites and
Occupy Together is the unofficial hub. While these different occupations share
many goals and attitudes, they each operate independently, and there is no
national organization that can speak for all occupations. For more information
about Occupy Boston visit http://www.occupyboston.org/