Here’s an invitation from Green L.A. Transportation Work Group’s Los Angeles Taxi Worker’s Alliance:

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Dear Friends,

I’m writing to ask that you support the L.A. Taxi Workers Alliance (LATWA) by purchasing tickets to LATWA’s upcoming fundraiser on Sunday, August 28, from 6 pm to 9 pm at St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church.  As many of you know, I’ve been working with LATWA since its founding in 2005 and continue to be inspired by the courage and commitment of the taxi workers who lead LATWA’s heroic efforts to organize against taxi company greed and exploitation to achieve real justice for taxi workers. 

LATWA is a worker-led organization with a minimal budget and needs your support.  With a board composed exclusively of current and former drivers, LATWA is led by Sentayehu Silassie who drove a cab for 18 years until he was retaliated against for speaking out against taxi company abuses.  For the first time in decades – because of LATWA –  there is real hope amongst the 3,500 predominantly immigrant taxi workers in Los Angeles that the end will come for the current system of sweatshops on wheels.  Please help LATWA to continue its critical organizing that brings together taxi drivers of different races and backgrounds to fight in unity for justice! 

You can rsvp to me betty_hung [at] hotmail [dot] com or to Sentayehu Silassie at silassie [at] att [dot] net .  Thanks for your support!

– Betty Hung

See you at the event this Saturday night!


Please attend tomorrow’s Green L.A. Transportation Work Group meeting: Tuesday March 9th 2010 from 2-4pm at the offices of the Coalition for Clean Air.  Address is 811 West 7th Street, Ste. 1100, Downtown L.A. 90017. It’s located on the north side of 7th Street between Figueroa and Flower – directly above the 7th Street Metro Station where the Metro Blue Line and Red Line intersect.

1 – Introductions

2 – Meeting with  Deputy Mayors Jaime de la Vega & Romel Pascual follow-up and next steps

3 – Brief report back on asks and action items
     Taxi Report – funding strategies
    Metro Fare Increase
    Mayor’s request for a letter of support for the 30/10 plan
4 – Formalize and finalize Living Streets tenets
5 – Last meeting updates
Living Streets Grant
Wilshire Bus Only Lanes
6 – Discussion of Steering Committee and new direction for Green LA
7 – Follow-up of USDOT meeting February 19th
8 – Agenda items for next time
·         Complete Streets Campaign?
9 – Member Forum/General Announcements
·         Green LA Dinner; March 15
·         L.A. StreetSummit: March 18th and 20th
·         CEQA News
·         Green LA Institute events