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(en) US, San Fracisco, Transit Justice - NO FARE IS FAIR FARE!

From "Victor Chernov" <wsany@hotmail.com>
Date Thu, 10 Apr 2003 18:22:43 +0200 (CEST)

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Dear friends:
San Fracisco Transit Justice has a website now
TransitJustice is dedicated to fighting proposed fare increass by building a
grass roots movement of working people, both riders and transit workers.

[Editor Note: The TransitJustice
group was initiated primarily by
anarchists, including members of
the WSA's San Fracisco group.
addition - from their web page:
> Transit Justice Tentative Principles of Unity
Proposal: To form an organization to mobilize
Muni riders, fight the fare increase, pursue class
and racial justice in public transit, and to develop
an alliance between Muni riders and workers.


Transit Justice is committed to the following:

No Fare Hike! -- The working class of San
Francisco, particularly people of color, depend on
Muni. To get to their jobs, to get to classes,
doctor?s appointments, and many other
destinations. With the rent inflation of recent
times, San Francisco is a very expensive place to
live, and wages are often inadequate. Public
funding of Muni is part of the social wage that
augments people?s pay checks. A fare increase
would be a wage-cut.

Make Downtown Pay! -- The developers,
corporations, and financiers created the current
crsis, from paying inadequate wages in the first
place, to suing the city to cut business taxes, to
fomenting the dot-com bubble. The massive wealth
concentrated in downtown office buildings and
businesses requires Muni services, to get workers
and customers downtown.

No Cuts to Muni Service! -- Cuts in service
create more crowding and deny essential services
to communities. Public safety is compromised
when subway stations lack agents or when people
must wait forever on corners for buses.

No Layoffs! -- There have already been too many
layoffs in the Bay Area. Layoffs of workers needed
to move people and maintain the buses and
streetcars will further erode Muni service and add
burdens to the social service system. No
scape-goating of Muni workers!

Equity for Workfare Workers -- When Prop N is
implemented, those doing Workfare work will be
earning only $1.81 an hour. Workfare workers doing
work on Muni should be paid union scale. We
oppose the use of Workfare workers to substitute
for work that should be paid at union rates. This is
an attempt to weaken organized labor and
super-exploit the labor of low-income people.

Environmental Protection with Justice --
American over-reliance on the private automobile
has many noxious side-effects, from air pollution to
pedestrian fatalities to the global warming crisis.
Part of the solution is giving public transit priority
over the private auto. To keep transit ridership
high, we need cheap fares and quality service. ]

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