Hundreds of New York City students braved the snow and cold last week to march against the planned elimination of free student MetroCards. Organizing in their schools and online, students from across the city gathered in front of the MTA's headquarters with signs that read: "Save the Students, Not The Bankers" and "No transportation, no education!"1
Students are fighting back, and we need to stand with them. Outraged New Yorkers have stopped MTA cutbacks before. We can do it again. Can you sign the petition to save student MetroCards and stop the MTA service cuts?
Over 7,000 New Yorkers have signed already -- help us reach 10,000 before the New Year:
The petition says "The MTA should use its available funds, not cut services and student Metrocards millions of New Yorkers depend on."
Half a million New York City students depend on their free MetroCards to get around. Eliminating them, as the MTA's board proposes to starting in 2011, works out to an almost $700-per-child tax hike on working families.
Educators warn that the end of free MetroCards could be a big step backwards for public education -- limiting the choices of schools available to working-class students and cutting participation in after-school activities.
But the cuts won't take effect until next Summer -- we still have time to show the MTA and the politicians that these cuts are unacceptable. If students can organize, we can too, and we need to show these young New Yorkers that we're standing with them.
Sign our petition to stop the cuts, and we'll deliver the signatures to the MTA and let the student leaders know that you spoke out:
WFP Executive Director
1. "Students Protest Proposed MetroCard Cuts" NBC News, Dec. 21