Thursday, April 14, 2011

When Organizing Taxi Drivers, Could SF Learn A Thing Or Two From New York?

Bhairavi Desai, New York Taxi Workers Alliance.
Photo by Martha Camarillo.
Info Sent In by SF Taxi Driver Bud Hazelkorn.

Below is a link to an article
published in the April 18, 2011 edition of New Yorker magazine.  It is entitled, "Thin Yellow Line, A Taxi Driver's Advocate," by Lizzie Widdicombe.  It profiles Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.  Desai and the TWA gained prominence in 1998 after organizing a strike that kept most of New York's taxi off the streets for a day.  

"Taxi drivers are the witnesses to, collaborators with, and scapegoats of the city's neuroses, 'They are the ultimate outsiders on the inside,'  Desai says."

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