TUCSON BUS RIDERS UNION NEWS-THE POSITIVE SPIN

by Brian Flagg,

Approximately 30 of us from the Bus Riders Union, loud and proud, attended the emergency Transit Task Force meeting yesterday. Our presence there helped the Task Force vote to stop $458,000 of the proposed $1.1 million in cuts to 9 bus routes.

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Particularly disappointing was a 4-3 vote to reduce frequency on the Broadway bus (the #8).

I am trying to be positive about this. Our efforts did force a process that will restore a small portion of the cuts.

So why do I feel so frustrated?

I guess this makes me evaluate our recent bus rider organizing efforts (or lack of). Organizing is about power to the people, and power is relational. Maybe we have to sit down and strategically develop a plan to develop more, better and deeper relationships with people, especially among our base, the bus riders.This would also be our base for broadening our relationships and alliances with other community entities.

The implementation of this kind of power is soul power. The kind of power that leads to the phrase, the people united can never be defeated! And make no mistake, it needs to be based in relationships.

The actualization of such power is what will lead to not being sold out by politicians and bureaucrats in the future.

Maybe we should forget about positive spin and acknowledge we got our asses kicked on this one. We’ve got a lot of work to do!

EL GIRO POSITIVO

por Brian Flagg

Traducción por Cesar Gonzalez

Mas o menos 30 miembros del Tucson Bus Riders Union asistimos a la junta de emergencia del Transit Task Force de la ciudad de Tucson. Hicimos un orgulloso escándalo. Nuestra presencia fue importante. El Task Force votó rehusando a los $458,000 de cortes que la ciudad quería imponer en los pasajeros del camión.

La cosa mas mala que ocurrió fue 4-3 votos a reducir frecuencia en el camión numero 8, el camión de Broadway.

Estoy luchando en portarme positivo.La suma que protegimos fue chica pero nuestro esfuerzo fue importante.

Porque me siento tan frustrado?

Estoy estoy aquí evaluando nuestro trabajo de esfuerzos organizados. Organizarnos es acerca de fortalecer al pueblo, y es fortalecer relaciones. Tal vez necesitamos pensar sobre un plan a desarrollar mejor y mas profundas relaciones con mucho mas gente, especialmente con nuestra base de pasajeros. También necesitamos pensar sobre nuestras relaciones con otros grupos en la comunidad.

Estamos hablando del poder del alma. Este tipo de poder va a producir UN PUEBLO UNIDO JAMAS SERA VENCIDO! Este tipo de poder es sobre relaciones.

Cundo tenemos este poder, los políticos y los burócratas no pueden prostituirnos.

Tal vez necesitamos a olvidar el giro positivo. En este evento, fuimos locos perdidos (como dice el Chapo de Sinaloa). Tenemos Mucho trabajo por hacer.

2 comments

  1. I didn’t see it as an ass-kicking…:)

  2. Joyce smith · · Reply

    Sun 4/2/17 11a.m.

    Hola Brian~

    Was listening to Steve Leal’s KEVT 1210-am radio show rebroadcast. What I think I heard was his voice promoting the suntran bus rider’s union. But didn’t he vote for increases?

    Hugs~
    Joyce

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