- (Photo: John Hendel)
On March 13, transit unions from around the country gathered at Farragut Square to proclaim transit a human right and declare allegiance with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Prominent at the rally was Jackie Jeter, president of WMATA's ATU 689. Among their messages was a proclamation that April 4, 2012 would be Occupy National Day of Action for Public Transportation. This rally, they said then, was just the start in a call for more transportation funding.
Well, April 4 was last week. Did anything happen?
ATU's national office released the following video of rallies that happened in cities around the country, including Boston, Las Vegas, Denver, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and New Jersey. Here's a glimpse of what happened set to stirring music:
What of D.C. though? I never heard any mention of Occupy Transit events happening here, despite Jeter's prominent role in the first big rally.
"Unfortunately there weren't any events for the Occupy National Day of Action for Public Transportation in the D.C. area," ATU's David Roscow explained.
Perhaps next time.