June 21, 2024

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Over 30 Youth Launch Sit-In for Opportuni(T) in office of the Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation

[Via Voices of Liberation]

Dear friends and family,
This morning myself and 30 other youth and supporters of the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition have begun a Sit-in for Opportuni(T) in the office of the Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation. I am taking this action because i believe that youth all around Boston deserve a Youthpass, a monthly pass for people ages from 12-21 and for it to work all day every day and even summer and weekends for $10 a month. it has been 7 years fighting for the pass and 3 years that Sec. Davey has promised to go start a pilot and he has failed to go through with it and we are now demanding to get the pilot for the Youthpass to start this year.
Below is our “Call to Action.” We need public pressure on Sec. Davey and Gov. Patrick to bring our sit-in to a just resolution. Please support in any way you can!
Armando Barragan

Call to Action: Support the Sit-in for Opportuni(T)!

Opportun(T) delayed is opportunity denied.

This morning, 30 youth and supporters from the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC) began a Sit-in for Opportuni(T) in the office of Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey. We have worked for more than seven years to make the MBTA more affordable by creating a Youth Pass.

The T is our Opportuni(T) to learn, work, thrive and contribute. When we can’t afford it, we’re cut off from everything. We’re sitting in because we need a Youth Pass now.

We need your support!

1. Call/email/tweet Secretary Davey

Tell Secretary Davey to end the MBTA affordability crisis for youth riders. Secretary Davey committed to start a pilot of the Youth Pass in 2011. He can end the sit-in by honoring this commitment.

(857) 368-8891


@massDOT #YouthPass

2. Join us outside the Sit-in for Opportuni(T)

Today, we are gathering at the State Transportation Building at 10 Park Plaza, in front of the Stuart Street entrance. We are holding a rally at 4:00 p.m. and vigil at 6:00 p.m. We ask supporters to be present outside the building for the duration of the sit-in, to show solidarity with those who are inside.

3. Call/email/tweet Governor Patrick

Tell Governor Patrick that we want a state where youth can learn, work, thrive and contribute. He should instruct Secretary Davey to take steps to make the MBTA affordable for youth by creating a Youth Pass now.



@MassGovernor #YouthPass

4. Contribute to the Youth Pass support fund to cover bail, fines, and supplies.

Visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1410794 and select “Youth Pass Support Fund” from the drop down menu.

5. Visit http://www.ace-ej.org/youthpass for background information and to stay updated as the Sit-in for Opportuni(T) progresses.

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