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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “No fare bus pass advocates press their case at the State House”

  1. Nancy Green

    Board chairman Wayne Kezirian has it totally backwards about preventing overuse of RIPTA. Every time I see an empty bus go by I worry about under-use. We are making progress in getting primary and preventive care to Rhode Islanders and easing the burden on emergency medicine, including 911. One missing piece is public transportation. Any money they think they are saving by that dollar a day from someone going to RI Hospital for therapy will be wiped out by one preventable ER visit. RIPTA needs to be promoting use of public transit, making it convenient to all income levels as it used to be. We are a small state but I meet many elders who would be willing to give up driving if they had a convenient transit system, others who can’t drive are stranded and isolated. Do we really want to pressure people to maintain a car they can’t afford and shouldn’t drive? Do we want more congestion from the daily mass commute up Rt. 95?

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  2. No free bus passes means going hungry for some in Pawtucket

    […] come out of my check each month with $25,” said Christina Tate at a subsequent event organized by the RIPTA Riders Alliance. “It’s not possible for me to have the money to […]

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