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Occupy Public Transit Day of Action

"Transit systems in most American cities have become a genuine civil rights issue. If transportation systems in American cities could be laid out so as to provide an opportunity for poor people to get to meaningful employment, then they could begin to move into the mainstream of American life."On the anniverary of Dr. king’s death, April 4, 1968, transit workers join together with the occupy movement and transit passengers across the us to honor Dr. King’s legacy. We ask: “Where Is Mass Transit Today?”



In 2011 Americans took 10.4 billion
trips on mass transit, the most in
decades, but public transportation
is still under attack...

•  Thousands of transit workers have lost their jobs.

•  85% of transit systems have cut service or raised fares since the
   recession having a devastating impact on those who rely on
   mass transit — the 99%.

•  Transit systems are deteriorating: older vehicles, deferred maintenance,
   longer wait times for overcrowded buses and trains.

•  Wall Street is profiting off of the debt that transit systems face. The NYC
   Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) had to pay over $1.1 billion
   in interest payments in 2011. Instead of cutting fares, MTA is cutting
   checks to Wall Street bankers – the 1%.

•  Service is being outsourced to foreign national companies looking to
   make a killing while compromising the safety and service for passengers
   and workers.

Meanwhile...

•  The Pentagon spends $300 million per day on the Afghan War. That’s
   our tax dollars that could be spent on public transportation and other
   critical investments for our communities.
•  Politicians won’t commit to fund mass transit adequately and blame the
   economic crisis. Instead they raise fares and cut routes, but service
   does not improve.
•  The bankers and brokers – the 1% - control the money for public
   transportation and threaten the transit systems that took a century to
   build. The greed and corruption must stop.

Take Action Now!

It’s time for sustainable, reliable funding for public transportation to improve the lives of 99%, not pad the pockets of the 1%.  Please click the following for a downloadable event Flyer, Facebook profile photo, and an Facebook Timeline.
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