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Yesterday Clergy and PCIC Leaders stood with bus riders at City Hall 

... and submitted a letter from 50 area clergy leaders requesting that the City not raise the fares for low-income bus riders.  The current proposal by City Manager Richard Miranda calls for doubling the low-income fare and increasing all fares.

Msgr. Tom Cahalane and Pastor Delle McCormick spoke truth to power at yesterday’s City Council meeting while a full room applauded.  An overflow crowd of 60 others were left to listen outside.
 
Msgr. Tom, Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, quoted Pope Francis in calling for a halt to bus fare increases, especially for those most in need.  He said that most of the hungry that come to OMOS for food bags come on the bus.
 
Rev. Delle, Pastor of Rincon Congregational United Church of Christ, spoke about both the environmental and human impact of raising the fares. She said that she and 20 of her parishioners have now joined the Tucson Bus Riders Union.
 
At a rally outside, Cesar Aguirre of Casa Maria announced that 800 Tucsonans have joined the Union and that they are on target to reach their goal of 1,000 new members by May when the City budget comes to a vote.


 
Rev. Beth Rambikur, Pastor of First Church UMC, read from Deuteronomy and told the crowd that we are all called to work for the common good.  Fr. Harry Ledwith, Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church, called for God’s blessing on both the bus riders and Mayor and Council.

Two swing votes, Council Rep. Paul Cunningham and Rep. Regina Romero, attended the rally. A final hearing on the city budget will be held on May 6th.

To support the bus riders, call or email your city reps. Their information is on the PCIC website. Just click on the Active Citizenship Guide.
To join the Tucson Bus Riders Union, click HERE
To download the Clergy Letter, click HERE.

See the entire list of clergy signers below.

Msgr. Tom Cahalane - Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic 
Rev. John Kitagawa - St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal
Rev. Sharon Ragland - St. Mark’s United Methodist
Msgr. Raul Trevizo - St. John the Evangelist Catholic
Rev. Delle McCormick - Rincon Congregational UCC
Rev. Jim Hobert - Sacred Heart Catholic
Rev. Hildegardo Gonzalez - Iglesia Luterana San Juan Bautista
Rev. Tom Tureman - Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Rev. David Wilkinson - St. Francis in the Foothills UMC
Rev. Gonzalo Villegas - St. Augustine Cathedral
Rev. Beth Rambikur - First Church United Methodist
Rev. Harry Ledwith - St. Pius X Catholic
Rev. Gayle Bintliff - Tanque Verde Lutheran
Rev. Vili Valderrama - Our Lady of Fatima Catholic
Rev. Lee Milligan - Casas Adobes Congregational UCC
Rev. Stephen Barnulfsky, OFM - San Xavier Mission
Rev. Ed Denham - Desert Skies United Methodist
Rev. Steve Keplinger - Grace St. Paul Episcopal
Rev. Ravin Gaston - United Methodist Church
Rev. Ron Phares - Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Edgar Lopez - St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic
Rev. Bruce White - St. Alban’s Episcopal
Rev. Scott Opsahl - St. Mark’s Presbyterian
Rev. John Smith - St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal
Rev. Vicki Hesse - St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal
Rev. James Dew - Santa Cruz Lutheran ELCA
Rev. Bill Dougherty - St. Pius X Catholic
Rev. Kirk Reed - Catalina United Methodist
Rev. Sean Carroll, SJ - Kino Border Initiative
Rev. Greg Foraker - St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal
Deaconess Marjie Hrabe - St. Mark’s United Methodist
Rev. James Tumulty, OFM - San Xavier Mission
Rev. Leah Sandwell-Weiss - St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal
Rev. Bill Remmel, SDS - Catholic Priest
Rev. Ruthie Hooper - St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal
Rev. Mark Long - St. Ambrose Catholic
Rev. Paul Buckwalter - St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal
Rev. John Lillie - Lutheran Pastor
Rev. Dan Johnson - Evangelical Covenant Church
Rev. Anne Strong - St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal
Rev. Raymond S. Thomas - The Holy Way Presbyterian
Rev. Ron Dude - Lutheran Campus Ministry
Rev. Cliff Blinman - St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal
Brother Dave Buer, OFM - San Xavier Mission
Rev. Linda Hutson - Grace St. Paul Episcopal
Rev. Emilio Chapa - St. Augustine Cathedral
Rev. Beverly Edminster - St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal
Rev. Charlie Knapp - Catholic Priest
Rev. David Gillespie - St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal
Imam Sharif - Muslim Prison Ministry
Rev. Richard Kingsley - Corpus Christi Catholic Church
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