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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMoCqpSrRvg&feature=youtu.be
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB7FCNkUUos Disability, transit and other activists held a rally outside the Disability, transit and other activists held a rally outside the 60 Centre Street courthouse on Thursday, August 1, 2019 calling on Gov. Cuomo, who controls the MTA, to make a legally binding commitment for full subway accessibility. Organized by Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID); Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY); Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York; Elevator Action Group Rise and Resist; The People's MTA and other groups and individual plaintiffs. Photos by: Erik McGregor & Tony Murphy Music by: Tony Murphy
  3. https://youtu.be/l1scxC_stH4 The People's MTA (PMTA) disrupted a fancy $25-per-person event held April 26, 2018, at the Museum of the City of New York for Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board Chairman Joe Lhota and Board Member Veronica Vanterpool. They were supposed to do a non-confrontational conversation (over glasses of wine!) with New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir. But within 7 minutes, the event was canceled and attendees were offered a refund! The People's MTA is struggling for 100% accessibility in the public transit system, no more racist policing, a cancellation of the MTA's $35 billion debt to Wall Street and more.
  4. https://medium.com/transit-new-york/after-community-protests-washington-heights-gets-free-shuttle-bus-f8c5278886a5
  5. https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2019/08/02/attorneys-in-mta-disability-discrimination-suit-seek-mediation?fbclid=IwAR20mttqMeXU58sxqgbF8lYYtQsBOQoJuy6_n-y_sQl-gb4b4c0gi2Nam7M#
  6. https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-mta-board-reinvent-albany-report-20190731-wmtfvlupqzg23ltfurti4o2e3y-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3ykyNzWCQII_qzRlIBUcJvC0LgiiD5dbeI3NulOI2hybrBggPhOh12xlo MTA board members are high-rollers while the straphangers they serve are stuck with a losing hand riding the city’s decrepit subway system, according to a report released Wednesday by good government group Reinvent Albany. The group’s analysts looked at financial disclosure forms board members are required to submit and found that they rake in an average of $292,000 a year. That’s roughly five times more than $58,000 the average Metropolitan Transportation Authority rider takes home annually. Some of the MTA’s big wig bosses have jaw-dropping investments, too. David Mack, Nassau County’s representative on the board, has more than $70 million socked away in investments and other savings, his financial documents show. MTA Chairman Pat Foye, the only board member who gets a salary from the agency, has a cool $11.8 million in investments. Ten Years After Making It Big, They Now Have A Regular Job Take a look at how your favorite Hollywood couples started out and whether they managed to stay together or not throughout the years. MTA board members are also much more likely to live in the suburbs than subway riders. Only five of them live in the city, compared to 89% of straphangers. The wealth-and-lifestyle gap is exacerbated by the fact that one board seat has been vacant since March. It’s the mayor’s spot to fill and de Blasio named Dan Zarrrilli in June. But Gov. Cuomo didn’t move the nomination forward because state officials failed to complete a background checkby the end of the legislative session. “I think you want a board that is as reflective of the riders as possible,” said Reinvent Albany analyst Rachael Fauss, who authored the report. She pointed out that the MTA board will vote on the agency’s next five-year capital plan this fall, and feared the lack of city representation could lead to riders across the five boroughs being snubbed. MTA spokesman Max Young disagreed with the assessment that the capital budget could snub city riders, noting that 80% of the money that will come from congestion pricing will go into NYC Transit capital projects. “These concerns are unfounded," said Young. “In the previous capital plan, New York City received 76% percent of all capital dollars allocated to transit agencies and commuter railroads, which is a good deal by any measure, and doesn’t include the $836 million Subway Action Plan that was directly invested in the subway system.”
  7. https://gothamist.com/2019/07/31/cuomo_mta_lhota.php?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=shared_facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=0_65dbec786b-8f956f1d79-85645797&mc_cid=8f956f1d79&mc_eid=6153787c5d&fbclid=IwAR0abMpevV4rQoSgiQElAEWDQwd3Z64woQUrqWtLuGm0L6tnJOCK4mjxq3A
  8. https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/evyjzz/navigating-the-nyc-subway-in-a-wheelchair-is-hell
  9. RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/362957734401884/ Pack the Court August 1st at 9:00am 60 Centre St, New York, NY 10007-1401 Elevators & Full Wheelchair Accessibility Now! We demand: Binding Legal Agreements with a timeline for Full System Accessibility In the hallways of the court at 60 Centre St. on June 5, lawyers for disability rights activists declared an accessibility hearing “an unqualified success.” Disability activists had brought an anti-discrimination lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to require it to install elevators in every New York City subway station. Currently, only about 20 percent of the city’s 472 subway stations have at least one elevator. Even fewer if you consider that many subway stations have multiple subway lines, all of which are not accessible by elevator and a high percentage of MTA elevators are out of order at any one time. The MTA had filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which the judge denied, making it possible for the suit to go forward. One of the plaintiffs, Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled, declared: “We’re thrilled. We’re vindicated. We expect to proceed to trial, and we expect to win. The judge was well-founded in his legal decisions about why our case survives those efforts to dismiss it.” Judge Hagler rejected the MTA’s contention that state law had supremacy over city law: “There has never been a decision from any court that has preempted the New York City Human Rights Law in the area of discrimination,” Hagler said. “There can never be a situation where the state would license any agency to discriminate against any individual.” Since this ruling, Governor Cuomo wasted 4.1 million dollars to develop a subway reorganization plan that cuts transit jobs and does not include any additional access in the public transit system, a plan that was overwhelmingly approved at last week's MTA Board meeting NYC Mayor DiBlasio published his so-called 2019 Accessible NYC report which actually suggests that things are wonderful for New Yorkers with Disabilities. (SEE https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/mopd/downloads/pdf/accessible-nyc-2019.pdf ) Elevators & Full Wheelchair Accessibility Now! - Pack the Court August 1st at 9:00am The case resumes on August 1. Disability rights groups and their allies including The Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, the Center for Independence of the Disabled NY, Disabled in Action, The People's MTA, People's Power Assemblies, Transit Center, Rise & Resist Elevator Action Group, and Communications Workers of America(CWA) Local 1180 are scheduled to speak at a rally 9 am prior to the 10 am court hearing with the demand of Binding Legal Agreements with a timeline for Full System Accessibility. Advocates will also be remembering Malaysia Goodson, the young African-American mother who in January fell to her death carrying her baby and stroller in a subway station with no elevators. They call her death preventable, arguing that she would be alive today if the 53rd Street station where she fell had been equipped with elevators. #JusticeForMalaysia. In 1994 the MTA promised to build 100 subway elevators by 2020, that's only 4 per year! On April 16, 1963, in his letter from a Birmingham jail, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote: For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in [our ears] with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant "Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied." WE WANT ELEVATORS & FULL ACCESSIBILITY RIGHT NOW!!
  10. https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/evyjzz/navigating-the-nyc-subway-in-a-wheelchair-is-hell?utm_source=vicenewsfacebook&fbclid=IwAR3Lfe0kImLBGj7fTwMvc5GcmEY28zZ372w-8nkJOHEo_7-RaQsmnklkwyg
  11. Hi, I'm Tony. I'm a daily writer of the New York City subway. I'm also a cartoonist, socialist, and activist with a group called The People's MTA. We formed in 2017 after New York's "Summer of Hell" to create a campaign to take back public transportation for the people. The People's MTA has been fighting especially hard an issue of transit accessibility, only about one in four of New York City subways has elevators and the ones that do exist constantly break down, this makes subway travel nightmarish and oppressive for mobility-impaired riders or anyone who can't use subway stairs, parents with strollers, older riders, people with luggage, people who don't feel well. We all remember the preventable death of Malaysia Goodson, the young African-American mother who fell to her death was going down the subway stairs. carrying her baby and her stroller at the same time. The People's MTA is also fighting to end the racist police profiling and harassment of Black and Latino riders. This is not a new problem, it's basically "Stop and Frisk" in the subway. The great "Swipe It Forward" activists did manage to reduce subway arrests with their campaign of swiping in riders for free, but now the MTA has announced a campaign against "fare beaters" putting 500 more cops on the subway. What is this but another racist war on the poor? So if you want to do something about constant delays, getting elevators and ramps installed, constant delays, racist police harassment, elevators that don't work, getting stuck in an elevator, constant delays, then support this campaign by sharing it far and wide! I look forward to discussing with all of you ways we can take back the subway for the people!
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