Dear Public Transit stakeholder:
If you do use, have ever used, or ever will use public transit, particularly in the Portland metropolitan area, then YOU ARE A STAKEHOLDER IN THIS FIGHT, and should sign and promote this petition.
Despite repeated public hearings, OUR ELITE TRANSIT BOARD has agreed to further, more draconian cuts to service and major fare increases at the expense of its customers, its workers, working-class people, and the poor and transit-dependent citizens of our community. This is the latest example of the ruling elite's age-old war on the public sector. Our transit board does not answer to the people OREGON LAW ORS267 is intended to serve.
WILL YOU HELP US TO COMPELL OUR OREGON LEGISLATORS TO CHANGE THE LAW?
The law currently directs the Governor, in Salem, Oregon, to appoint our local seven sub-district directors to this area's transit board. These elite appointees typically come from well-to-do situations in business, construction, banking, and real estate, and they rarely, if ever, use local public transportation. They have no skin in the game beyond their private interests. The people's public transit alternative suffers for it.
IT IS TIME TO OCCUPY, OWN, AND OPPERATE THE PEOPLE'S TRANSIT SYSTEM OURSELVES!
Sign this petition, share it with all your neighbors, and ask them to share it with all their friends, too. Tell the Governor and Oregon Legislators to do the job we sent them to Salem to do--give us the right to call the transit board members to account for our transit systems success or failure--LET THE PEOPLE ELECT OUR TRANSIT BOARD! We the people are the workers of this community. Our transit system is an element of common in our egalitarian society and by right, ought to belong to us and not to private profiteers. Like our Public School District and our Public Utility District, our Public Transit District's governing body must be made accountable to us by direct election.
DO NOT LET CONTINUING FARE INCREASES AND SERVICE CUTS GO UNANSWERED! LET THE PEOPLE ELECT OUR TRANSIT BOARD!
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION, SHARE IT, AND ASK YOUR FRIENDS TO SHARE IT, TOO!
IN SOLIDARITY WE WILL PREVAIL!
Find the petition online at: www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/governor-kitzhaber-let-the-people-elect-our-transit-board
Or, search the Change.org website for, "LET THE PEOPLE ELECT".
For your convenience, hard-copies of the petition with its signatures, and other materials can be returned to the organizer:
LET THE PEOPLE ELECT
6803 NE 151st Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98682-3874