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.