Poor People Must Ride/Los Pobrez Tienen que Raytear: S.F. Community Voices Against Bus Fare Hikes


POOR correspondent - Posted on 30 June 2010

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La comunidad de San Francisco alza su voz en contra del aumento a la tarifa del transporte publico MUNI..este 26 de febrero de 2010 A LAS 9:00 dentro de alcaldia en la reunion comunitaria a la que citaron los representantes SFMTRA transporte Publico, invitacion que hicieron con un volante que decia TU OPINION CUENTA.

La comunidad se hizo presente para decirles a los encargados de administrar este sector la manera tan injusta que han sido tratados por sus inspectores y ademas por los diversos cambios , aumentos y recortes que han venido haciendo sin importarles el impacto tan tremendo que esto produce en la vida de los miembros de esta y ademas el impacto que recibe la economia al no considerar que la mayoria de los trabajadores pobres son los que usan este medio,

Los representantes de las personas desabilitadas o especiales mencionaron de que manera los impacta este aumento JUAN CORTES joven especial con syndrome down estudiante en el City Collage en Mission Campus dijo;’ no mas aumentos nosotros no podemos pagar mas y eso nos quita muchas oportunidades mi familia y mi mama no pueden pagar mas no mas aumentos’.

AMANDA dijo; ‘con estas decisiones implementan un deficit mayor a las personas pobres que dependen del tasporte publico, no mas cortes no mas aumentos Como reportera de la comunidad y como vecina de la misma tuve la oprtunidad deobservar que en esta reunion se encontraba el trabajador del Restaurant Pancho Villa ubicado en la calle 16 en la zona d la mission de nombre

FRANCISCO URANIZAN que es un joven especial syndrome down y esto me hizo reflexionar llegando a la conclusion de que las personas especiales se esfuerzan por realizar un trabajo pero solo son contratados pocas horas y debido a esto no obtienen mucho dinero por lo tanto les es imposible costear dichos aumentos agrabandose mas con las personas que estan desabilitados y solo reciben pequenas cantidades al mes. Hubo personas que pidieron un auditoria par saber porque hay tanto problema con los dineros del muni. Las miembras de POWER pueblo organizado para obtener derechos de empleo acudieron a esta reunion y que representa a un grupo de mujeres que se dedican al trabajo de limpeiza de casas ,pertenecientes a la red nacional de trabajaras de casa, las cuales manifestaron su protesta en contra de los recortes ,aumentos y malos tratos que vienen recibiendo desde hace 9 meses por parte de los policias del MUNI con gritos pidiendo el boleto poniendo multas por su vencimiento y llegando al grado de detener injustamnte a las personas hasta llevarlas a la deportacion.

Maria de POWER dijo;llevo 20 anos usando este transporte y casi siempre compro mi tarjeta de cada mes, estoy molesta porque he visto y he vivido desde hace varios meses el mal trato que nos da la policia que sube a al camion o nos detienen al bajar nos exigen mostrarles el boleto y se molestan si no lo hacemos rapido y como consecuncia ma han amenasado con ponerme multa y veo como se ensanan con nuestros jovenes, no les importa que no les entedemos ellos saben que nosabemos mucho ingles y seburlan y nos amenazan .yo pienso que como personas que pagamos por adelantado y que todas los dias aportamos nuestro dinero en este medio de transporte debian respetarnos respetar a nuestros ninos y tambien a nuestros jovenes que mensaje les estan dando tu por pobre no mereses ser tratado con respeto.tambien veo que esta conducta y mal trato lo hacen solo con personas de color y en los barrios mas pobres y especialmente en la zona de la mission,ademas por que tanta policia no somos delincuentes Por que hay en la parada de calle mission 24 y 16 hasta 25 policias maltratandonos no que no hay dinero entonces quien les paga ? Los conductores mencionaron que es injuto que ellos que todos los dias hacen su trabajo de transportar a las personas y no estan de con los recortes y despidos de trabajadores.

Carlos Alvares estudiante de City Collage dijo; yo abordo el autobus todos los dias par a ir a mis clases y con esos recortes de lineas que hicieron tardan mucho a veces he tenido que esperar hasta 45 minutos y por el tiempo de vencimiento que tiene el boleto subio al triple mi presupuesto para transportarme a mi me gustaria que estos que deciden demuestren que nuestra opinion cuenta y no sea un cuento mas para seguirnos afectando y tambien que una semana usen el transporte publico para que sepan lo que se vive en este. Hasta este momento no se ha decidido nada que veneficie a la comunidad ni a los trabajadores del MUNI por lo tanto les exorto a que particpen y se opongan a esta nueva injusticia que esta sufriendo la comunidad trabajadora pobre se San Francisco.

Ingles Sigue

THE S.F. COMMUNITY RAISES THEIR VOICE FOR AGAINST THE BUS FARES San Francisco’s communities raise their voice in against raising public bus fares.

On February 26, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. inside City Hall in the community room, their were representatives from SFMTRA public transportation, an invitation was made and the flyer said, “Your Opinion Counts”.

The community came together to say to the administrators that are in charge of this section how poorly and badly they have been treated by the inspectors, and with the diverse changes, raises and budget cuts that have been coming without anyone caring about the impact that that made on the members and the impact that it made in the economy and that whether it affects a lot of poor workers that ride public transportation.

The representatives of the people who are disabled or special mentioned how this affects them with this raise. Juan Cortes a young gentleman with Down syndrome , a student in City College, Mission Campus; said, “no more raises, we can’t pay anymore and that takes away a lot of opportunities, my family and my mother can’t pay anymore. NO MORE RAISES!” Amanda said; “with these decisions it makes a big deficit in poor people that depend in public transportation, NO MORE CUTS and NO MORE RAISES!”

As a reporter of the community and a neighbor of the same community I had the opportunity to observe that in this meeting I found a worker from the restaurant Pancho Villa located on 16th street in the Mission district. His name is Francisco Uranizan, a young gentleman that also has Downs' syndrome and this made me reflect. Coming to a conclusion that special people already work extra hard to find a job and when they come across one they are only given little hours, due to this they only make little money. Their were people who asked for an audit to know why there are so many problems with MUNI’s money.

The members of POWER, a group that organize rights for workers; they came to the meeting and represented a group of women that dedicate to cleaning houses. They belong to national red of home workers, the which they manifested their protest against the budget cuts, raises and bad treatment that they have been receiving for about 9 months from the MUNI police.

They yell and demand for their transfer, putting a ticket because their transfer has expired and going to the extremes of detaining someone until they get deported. Maria from POWER said; “I have been using this kind of transportation about for 20 years and almost always I buy my Fast Pass (monthly bus passes), I’ am bothered because I have seen and lived for a couple of months a hardship that the MUNI police gives us when they get into the busses or when they stop us when we get off the bus and they get mad because we don’t show them the transfers and they also get mad because we take long and as a consequence they have threaten me to give me a ticket. I also see how they are with one another; they will make fun of us because we do not know much English and they threaten us. I think that we should pay in advance and everyday give a little bit of money. They should respect us, our children and our youth, what kind of message are they giving our kids, for being poor they should get treated without any respect. I also see that only people of color and in the poorer barrios get treated badly and especially in the mission district.

Also, “why so many police, we are not delinquents, why in the 16th and 24th Mission bus stop up to 25 police officers treating us bad, I thought their wasn’t any money, then who is paying them?” The MUNI conductors mentioned that it is an injustice that they do their jobs everyday transporting people and they shouldn’t cut budgets or take away any more jobs.

Carlos Alvares a college student from City College of San Francisco said, “I take the bus everyday to go to school and with the cuts they did to the certain bus lines it takes too long for a bus to pass by. Sometimes I will wait up to 45 minutes and every transfer has an expiration time and my cost for a bus ride has increased three times more. I would like that for who ever is saying that our opinion counts to show us that it does. For them to use public transportation for a week so they can know how it feels. Until this day they haven’t decided in anything that will benefit the community or the MUNI workers, for the meantime I will invite you to participate in this injustice that is affecting the working people of San Francisco”.

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