Perhaps if people boycotted MARTA until charges are filed, then that will get the city's attention and they will take bullying seriously.
The high turnover of 40 percent could be due to a poor work environment - it doesn't have to be because senior management is not being compensated enough.
In the 1960s, Dr. King frequently spoke about the problem of income inequality. He was inspired by the example of Norway and Sweden where those governments actually like their people. Today in 2014, this is still the case - Norway and Sweden are doing just fine, and we are still having the same political narrative in the US and we wonder why there is so much income inequality in the US.
The Koch brothers have their billions and they have no problem using their resources to advocate for their own narrow minded self interest. Poor people have their bodies, their voice, and their VOTE - and until the start using the resources that they have available to them - Southern Conservatives are going to continue to dominate the political conversation and income inequality will only grow worse.
It is true that middle class and affluent people choose to ignore the growing inequality in Atlanta; however, it is also true that poor people in Atlanta choose to remain invisible. Nathaniel Smith invoked Martin Luther King – and my question is – why don’t poor people march? Are things so much better now, that the poor don’t need to march anymore?
When Martin Luther King saw ghettos in Chicago, he experimented with taking over a complex for a week, compensating the tenants’ monthly rent and organizing the tenants to fix up the place. Martin Luther King was not a perfect man, and he was not a good administrator, but he knew how to act and he didn’t wait to come up with the 100% solution before acting. What people in poverty need is action and to see results – not just talk. The longer we just talk and complain the worse income inequality will get.
Poor people, black people and southern liberals need to march together like they did in the Civil Rights Movement. They need to march from ghetto to ghetto and fix up ghettos. If landlords and banks donate a month of rent, then their life will go on, but a month of rent and a month of taxes going to fix up decrepit conditions means a lot to a poor person. Perhaps poor people need to march thru Buckhead, East Cobb or by certain GOPers’ neighborhoods to get their point across. This is America, and Americans should have freedom of movement.
Why do we assume that using illegal drugs is a moral failing? The use of illegal drugs is often a form of self-medication that may be masking a more serious health or mental issue. Unfortunately, poor people in Georgia cannot afford prescription drugs or a physician who can take the time to diagnose their issues.
On the other hand, there is no moral disdain for rich people who abuse prescription drugs. I don’t hear conservatives calling for Rush Limbaugh to be fired for his admitted abuse of prescription drugs.
I hope she doesn’t expect to turn-around APS in two to three years, attach APS to her resume, and then move on to the next School District which pays better. The problems in APS are persistent and many problems have been around since the 1870’s. Perhaps if she aggressive and sticks with it for 20 years, she will start to make a difference.
I am hopeful that she is sincere when she said that she is drawn to Atlanta due to her love of the civil rights movement – and that this isn’t just a phrase that she developed to get the job.
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