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APSA Blog September 2014:
By: Terence Courtney

A very dangerous pattern, reminiscent of Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine, is steadily moving across the country. In the south, the Midwest and the northeast, the onslaught on the human right to education is sending shockwaves throughout Black and Immigrant communities. These shocks are later followed by a form of public school privatization called charter schools.


The silence is deafening. While the state is quickly moving toward mandating MARTA to privatize its operations, there has been no word of opposition from the elected officials of Fulton and DeKalb counties and the city of Atlanta.


For many years now, there has been discussion at the state legislature about privatizing MARTA. In recent weeks, it has intensified. In fact, the chair of the MARTA legislative oversight committee MARTOC, Mike Jacobs, has said that “privatizing some MARTA functions is essential.” Privatization is being presented as a necessary move because of MARTA’s ongoing financial crisis. MARTA predicts a $33.29 million deficit in this year.


The defeat of the TSPLOST/TIA is an unmistakable victory for the people of Metro Atlanta. By voting down this racist and regressive tax, Atlantans have backed away from this attempted neoliberal money grab, and in the process have provided themselves with the needed breathing space to think of alternatives. Sure, not all voters in the 10 county area voted for progressive reasons. But Black Atlanta -more than any other voting base- realized the retrograde strategy this tax represented, and made their voice heard.

Toronto Area Transit Workers Strike against Privatization

Published on Labor Notes (

Toronto-Area Transit Workers Strike against Privatization
Mischa Gaus
| December 1, 2011

“The problem is privatization,” says Toronto-area transit union leader Bob Kinnear, so bus drivers are on strike to put that problem in front of the public. Photo: ATU Local 113.

“The problem is privatization,” says Toronto-area transit union leader Bob Kinnear, so bus drivers are on strike to put that problem in front of the public.

APSA's Position on Regional Transit Governance


The Atlanta Public Sector Alliance is a grassroots, human rights organization that is dedicated to protecting, restoring, and expanding the public sector. We believe that the public sector is designed to provide basic human rights and quality of life to all people. Governmental authorities provide services that are owned and operated in the public interest. The public sector is fundamental to the functioning of our society.

From AJC: Legislators to meet on regional transit

Legislators to meet on regional transit
By Ariel Hart

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
3:25 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2011
A state panel that is drawing up a bill to govern regional mass transit will meet on Dec. 9 to hear public comment.
Gov. Nathan Deal convened the group, the Transit Governance Task Force, to suggest legislation to coordinate the Atlanta region’s patchwork of mass transit agencies.

6 Reasons to Oppose the Transportation Investment Act

1. It Helps Set MARTA Up for Privatization. The TIA does not fund MARTA operations, and does not explicitly oppose privatization. Without funding, MARTA will continue to go broke. Those who would privatize MARTA need the transit agency to be in a dire financial crisis –which the TIA helps create via the denial of funding- in order to persuade the public to privatize –which the TIA implicitly supports. Privatization is bad for everyone.

Recession Hits Transit Budgets Despite Rising Need

Recession hits transit budgets despite rising need
By BOB SALSBERG - Associated Press | AP – 26 mins ago

BOSTON (AP) — On a chilly evening in February, a commuter train bound for Worcester, Mass., broke down outside Boston, transforming passengers' usual 80-minute commute into a four-hour nightmare.


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