For the third time in ten years, the MBTA is offering its riders a choice between draconian service cuts and draconian fare increases in an effort to close a budget gap caused by legacy debt...We will not let our government balance its books on the backs of working people any longer... Debt relief for the MBTA can close the budget gaps without asking the poorest among us to carry a heavier burden and is good for T riders, T workers, T management--good for the entire 99%! - from a draft statement we are working on
Fight fare hikes and service cuts
Action planned for Wednesday January 25, from 4:30-6:30 in South Station.
A couple of people are playing with a remix of Charlie and the MTA. Tim would bring instruments but not unless he had actually practiced with some fellow occupiers.
Bechtel and the MBTA
intro: "These are the times that try men's souls. In the course of our nation's history, the people of Boston have rallied bravely whenever the rights of men have been threatened. Today, a new crisis has arisen. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, better known as the M.B.T.A., is attempting to levy a burdensome tax on the 99% in the form of a subway fare increase. Through service cuts, they threaten to keep our families from going to work and our children from going to school. Citizens, hear us out! This could happen to you!"
G Let me tell you the story C Of a man named Charlie G D On a tragic and fateful day G He put his card in his pocket, C Kissed his wife and family G D G Went to ride on the MTA Charlie swiped his card At the Kendall Square Station And he changed for Jamaica Plain When he got there they said, "There's been a fare hike." and he could not get off that train. Chorus 1: G Did he ever return, C No he never returned G D And his fate is still unlearn'd G He may ride forever C 'neath the streets of Boston G D G He's the man who never returned. Now all night long Charlie rides through the tunnels Saying, "What will become of me? Crying How can I afford to see My sister in Chelsea Or my cousin in Roxbury?" Chorus 1: [Instrumental]
Now I'll tell you a story about the Big Dig Tunnel And the tragic and fateful way How a crooked highway project Came to rob every family Who rides on the MBTA It was money motivation No one watched the corporations The costs grew day by day In the state house they had meetings With the banksters they were scheming How to get rich 'n have their way Chorus 2: The people got burned The banks stole what we earned But we won't let 'em steal the T! We will ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston Public trains, they oughta be free. Bechtel did the job While the poor working slob Paid for all their mistakes The highway its leaking The people be freakin Since they billed the MBTA Chorus 2: Enough is enough The people are saying Don't you take the busses away Your games aint a-working And we aint a-takin No more cuts to the MBTA Chorus: Now you citizens of Boston Don't you think its a scandal That people have to pay and pay While the banks get bailed out The riders get sold out No more cuts to the MBTA
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Link to document in process: draft