(Video) National Day of Action for Public Transportation - #OccupyBoston - 4/4/12 »
On April 4th, 2012, hundreds of students, union and non-union workers, commuters, and activists, gathered at the State House in Boston, MA, to protest against proposed service cuts, fare hikes, and layoffs for the public bus, subway, and train system (MBTA).
Yesterday’s decision to cut service and raise fares is unacceptable. We should be cutting the debt and NOT the services that the jobless, elderly and disabled depend on! We demand a comprehensive transportation plan – not a one year band-aid. It’s time for a transportation plan that is affordable and sustainable. Join us on April 4th, 2012 for hearing inside the State House at 3pm followed by a rally outside at 5pm.
3pm, April 4th @ the Mass. State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston
General assemblies and people’s movements across the country and around the globe to mobilize on April 4th, 2012 to demand public transportation for the 99%. In Boston and in cities around the country, our hard-won and necessary transportation systems are under attack. Their viability is being threatened by savage cuts and fare hikes in a calculated push towards privatization by corrupt and unresponsive politicians and their corporate benefactors.
Public transportation is a right and must be accessible to all. Service cuts and fare hikes will have a devastating and disproportionate impact on low-income communities, communities of color, students, workers, seniors and the environment. We say NO TO PRIVATIZATION of our common resources and NO MORE EXCUSES! We will not accept any funding strategies that attempt to divide the 99% against each other or shift the burden onto the backs of the 99%: the poor and working classes. End the wars and tax the rich!
On April 4th, we will stand together to demand public transportation for the 99%. If our call is not answered and the necessary funds redirected, it will only add to the growing body of evidence that our government no longer represents us.
(Photo) 7am, 1/27/12 - Occupy Umass Boston successfully faces down 1/26/12 midnite eviction threat from campus administrators. Proves you can’t easily evict an idea … or even apparently a physical occupation that’s been endorsed by the college staff & professional union!
Immanuel Ness is a professor of political science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a founding member of the Lower East Side Community Labor Organization, an autonomous activist organization in New York City.
Elaine Bernard is the executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.
On January 3, the MBTA unveiled plans to institute major service-cuts and fare-hikes. On January 10th, just a week after this announcement, more than twenty people met in Somerville to begin organizing against the proposed changes.
“The T cuts are, in effect, a tax on those who can least afford to pay it: workers, seniors, and students in our city,” said Somerville resident Joe Ramsey. “Public transportation should be a public right. The 1% needs people to get to work or school so they can run their companies. They should pay the travel costs.” Many in the audience agreed. It was the first meeting of an initiative now calling itself “Occupy the T.”
Participants in this first meeting of “Occupy the T” included members of the MBTA Riders Union and members of the Service Employees International Union, local high school students, Occupy Boston and Occupy Somerville.
According to the January 3 announcement on its website, the MBTA is currently considering two different scenarios of service-cuts and fare-increases. Under the first scenario, there would be cuts to bus service, combined with a 43% overall increase in fares. For Senior Citizens who depend upon the RIDE, the price would increase from $2.00 to $4.50. Fees at T parking lots would increase by 28%.