Boston Fare Strike meets this THURSDAY, August 23rd at 6pm. In City Place foodcourt.
City Place is across Boylston Street from the Boston Common, on the first floor of the Transportation building. Note: Location change! Please come and help us to plan the next steps of the campaign to fight Austeri-T. “They Say Fare Hike….We Say Fare Strike.”
Dear Globe Editors:
Your (8/5/21) Sunday editorial calls for a “crackdown” on T “fare evaders,” though you admit that such a “crackdown” will do next to nothing to help the T’s deep financial crisis. This plea for more punishment of T-riders ignores context, reflects a mean-spirited double standard, and represents a distraction from the real threats facing public transportation.
Where is the Globe editorial calling for the state to “crack down” on the predatory banks who are helping to bankrupt the T, siphoning off hundreds of millions of dollars in interest from its debt? Or to “crack down” on the politicians that dumped billions in Big Dig debt on the T in the first place? Or to “shake up the culture” of the top 1% whose tax evasion and worker exploitation have left public agencies like the T perpetually underfunded and many T-dependent workers strapped for cash?
These three hypothetical “crack downs”—unlike ticketing poor youth who can’t afford it—actually could help to resolve the T’s long-term debt crisis. If we made the “1%” pay, the T could be cutting fares instead of raising them, expanding service instead of cutting it. The T might even be made Fare Free—we could all evade the fares together!
But instead of probing the deeper issues and taking a stand against the big time crooks, your editorial stays on the surface and picks on the vulnerable. Meanwhile, the people in power continue to drive the T into the ditch, and even get rich doing it.
How about instead of throwing the young and the poor under the clattering, underfunded bus, we support our fellow T riders and place the focus and the blame where it belongs: a social economic system and a public transportation system that are both in need of fundamental restructuring?
a member of the Boston Fare Strike Coalition
Dear fellow and former Occupiers of the T:
On August 3, at the weekly Fare Free Friday action, about 15 members of Boston Fare Strike Coalition passed out around 800 Fare Strike leaflets to morning commuters. We had dozens of good conversations, made a bunch of well-received speeches, singed up a group of new activist-enthusiastics, and did a bit of station liberatin’ to boot. 🙂
We also learned some valuable lessons that can help us to improve our work in the future.
We’ll be summing up these lessons and moving forward at our next weekly meeting, Thursday August 9, at 6pm, just on the grass nearby Park Street Station. (If it rains, we’ll be in the CityPlace Food Court.) I hope to see some of you there. There is certainly all sorts of room for collaboration and cross-pollination between the experience-base and the skill sets of Occupy MBTA and of BFSC.
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Sincerely and in the struggle to Free the T,
Weekly coalition meeting: Every Thursday, 6pm by the Boston Common Gazebo, near Park Street Station . Help us improve and build upon our collective work!
(rain location City Place Food Court, on the First Floor of the Department of Transportation Building, across Boylston from the Common.)
Weekly Outreach meet-up, Fare Free Friday!: Every Friday, meet-up at 5pm outside Park Street Station. Help us get the word out to other T-riders and workers in the city!
By Jay Jubilee
This article originally appeared in the Boston Occupier.
Boston T riders at several downtown subway stations received a welcome surprise during their evening commute yesterday (Friday, July 13th): a Fare Free Ride home.
Entering train stations at Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, as well as at Central Square and Harvard Square, passengers found the electronic turnstiles held open for them, by a group of local activists known as the Boston Fare Strike Coalition.
Holding signs and banners bearing the slogan, “They say fare HIKE, We Say Fare STRIKE!” the thirty-plus “fare strikers” welcomed T-riders inside with the announcement that “this T station has been liberated,” and that “Today the T is free for all.” Boston Fare Stike Coalition has vowed to build opposition to the MBTA’s recently implemented fare hikes, which they consider to be both unnecessary and unfair.
Train stations echoed with the rhyming chant: “The Banks Got a Free Ride, Why Can’t We?…Public Transportation Should Be Free!” According to participants, the slogan calls attention to the way bankrupt private banks got bailed out by taxpayers, while public agencies and T riders facing similar deficits are offered no such “bailout,” but left to “suck it up” and “tighten their belts.” Continue Reading