Exciting news on the Stop Veolia front! As you know this is an important intersectional campaign bridging labor, disability justice, anti-privatization, environmental justice and Palestine solidarity.
Executive Constantine’s office has agreed today to take some action on Veolia/Transdev’s contract with Metro by Monday. The coalition is calling for an emergency meeting Monday night to evaluate Constantine’s offer together & to determine our collective response. We also honor individuals’ and organizations’ choices to take autonomous action.
When: Monday April 20, 6:30 pm
Location: Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 rainier ave s, seattle, wa 98118
It would be amazing to have more engagement from our coalition members. Organizational reps please forward this invitation to your constituents.
Presently, our coalition includes:
Block the Boat Northwest
CISPES (Community in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador)
CodePink – WA
Freedom Socialist Party (Seattle)
JVP-Seattle (Jewish Voice for Peace)
No New Jim Crow Seattle Campaign
Puget Sound Chapter of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME)
QuAIA (Queers Against Israeli Apartheid)
The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
SUPER UW (Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights)
Transit Riders Union
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR)
WISH! (Washington Incarceration Stops Here!)
Looking forward to seeing folks Monday and building together going forward.
Veolia is the largest privatizer of water in the world, the largest privatizer of transportation in North America and a main profiteer of Israeli apartheid. In King County, Veolia took over a union-represented contract for Access paratransit service and busted the union. Access users report that the service has greatly deteriorated. Access drivers not only took a major pay cut but have been subject to “flex time” scheduling where they don’t know what time they will be working until the day they are scheduled or if they will be working at all. Folks with disabilities and the elderly are most directly impacted, and we support their leadership in determining how Access can best meet their needs. We are also in solidarity with Access drivers to bring the service in-house so that they can depend on stable jobs, salaries and benefits.