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SF Reclaim the Streets April 2
Reclaim the streets is coming
C A L L I N G A L L C O N S P I R A T O R S . . .
There's a MUTINY in the works and Reclaim the Streets
needs your help to plan it!
SPREAD THE GOOD WORD:
a comMUNIty mutiny against fare hikes hits SF in the form
of a reclaim the streets (RTS) street party on
SATURDAY @ NOON, APRIL 2, DOLORES PARK.
Its a masquerade ball, so if you dont want to hang for it later,
you better D r E s S t O I m p R e s S. We'll hit the streets at
1 pm sharp in search of fun and mischief...
JOIN THE consPIRACY: we are having
planning meetings all thru March. Make
sure you and your friends aren't marooned on
the desert island of loneliness -- come to as many
of these meetings as you can (refreshments
and fun will be provided).
March meetings start at 7:30 PM (sharp).
They are Upstairs at the CELL SPACE @ 18th & Bryant street:
Wednesday the 2nd
Wednesday the 9th
Tuesday the 15th
Tuesday the 22nd
Wednesday the 30th
SO MAYBE YOU CANT RISK A MEETING!
-- open your address book. If you know bands, djs, promoters,
revolutionaries, party people, folks with sound systems,
other people to talk to, we'll hit them up, so put them in
touch with us at sfrts [at] ziplip.com, even if you or they
cant come to meetings...
-- do some promotion: If you know clubs, cafes coops
record stores, billboards, book stores, bart cars, busstops,
buslines, concerts, events, basically any place in the city
that hasnt been hit up with publicity for this street party,
do it up. Download publicity (or make your own) at
http://sfrts.tribe.net or http://www.rts-sf.org and put them up
anywhere and everywhere.
-- join us on sfrts.tribe.net and friendster (reclaimTstreets)
and get on the rts listserve -- reclaimsf [at] lists.riseup.net
-- the party is always free, so it is what you make it. think
of something fun to bring, share, or do at the party. if
you want to see something happen, make it happen!
-- other ideas? email sfrts [at] ziplip.com
Proposed MUNI Fare Hike Sparks Street Party Mutiny
Saturday, April 2nd
12pm Convergence at Dolores Park
1 pm March and Street Party
A motley crew of four hundred will respond to a "Reclaim
the Streets" (RTS) callout with a colorful street party on Saturday afternoon. Dubbed a "community mutiny" by the organizers, the event is billed as a protest against the proposed fare hikes and service cuts on MUNI, and urging increased public control over shared community resources such as the city streets and the public transportation system. The event was organized by a local RTS organizing group, and supported by the newly formed Coalition for Transit Justice, a united front of community-based organizations, unions, and political representatives that have come together to push for policies that ultimately benefit MUNI riders and workers. The theme of the event was captured in a single slogan, prominently displayed on many of the colorful banners and signs: "Public Space * Public Transit * Public Control".
Both groups acknowledge that MUNI has a budget crunch, but stress that fare hikes and service cuts are the wrong solution to the problem. "We worry that MUNI is setting a precedent that the solution to financial shortfalls in public transportation is reducing services and increasing costs to riders," argues Emma Goldman of the Coalition for Transit Justice, "Instead, MUNI is a community resource that must be subsidized and expanded to serve as many people as possible". The Coalition has earned the endorsement of several San Francisco Supervisors, some of which have proposed several specific alternative solutions to MUNI's financial difficulties: raising the registration fee for car owners, raising parking rates, or even creating a special transit tax district that applies to businesses in downtown San Francisco's commercial area.
Though political, the RTS event will not have the feel of a typical protest.
At noon, the costumed revelers will meet at Dolores Park at noon, where they will enjoy live music and soak up the sun for about an hour before moving onto the street and marching leisurely up to an "undisclosed party location".
Reclaim the Streets is a global decentralized direct action movement that began in the UK in the 1990s, and has spawned hundreds of politically-themed street parties in cities all over Europe, Australia, North America, and Africa. Recent RTS actions in San Francisco have highlighted local and community issues with the goal of inspiring, empowering, and motivating participants to find appropriate community-based solutions to the issues that affect them most.