Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We Are Vermont’s 99% « #OccupyVermont

We Are Vermont’s 99% « #OccupyVermont: "We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent."

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Monday, October 24, 2011

The spark that started a prairie fire - Mohamed Bouazizi

Voting begins in Sidi Bouzid, birthplace of Arab Spring | "IN Sidi Bouzid, the town that gave birth to the revolution that ousted Tunisia's Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring, proud and happy voters queued in their hundreds to take part in a historic vote.
It was in Sidi Bouzid, part of the Tunisian interior overlooked for investment by the former regime, that fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi, an unemployed university graduate, set himself on fire on December 17 to protest abuses under Ben Ali's 23-year regime."

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fall River makes case for more mass transit, not less - Fall River, MA - The Herald News

GUEST OPINION: Fall River makes case for more mass transit, not less - Fall River, MA - The Herald News: "Local bus rider Fred Senay summed it up best at mass transit rally advocating for bus service at night and on Sundays in Fall River recently: “A lot of people told me they couldn’t get hired, that they couldn’t work overtime, that they couldn’t work Sundays because of transportation problems. Public transportation is the lifeblood of our city. We need more, not less.”"

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Plenty of money for #transit. But we must fight for it.

Abel Collins: RIPTA’s where we must stand and fight | Contributors | | The Providence Journal: Contrary to the myth, the truth is that the U.S. economy is bigger than it has ever been. The gross domestic product is more than $14 trillion. As a country we have never been richer, but that money is more and more concentrated in the hands of a small privileged group. Does it really make sense to coddle them and cut services for the rest of us? Since our economy is so dependent on consumer spending, doesn’t it make sense both morally and economically to give help where it is needed?
...To be brief, public transit is where we stand and fight, because it is where we can win. Winning will boost the morale of the compassionate majority and restore some faith in fairness. At the same time it will demonstrate that investing in a public service is good for everybody. Furthermore, winning will give us momentum for whatever cause comes next, and there are many waiting.

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