Truckers Strike 2008: Action!

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A story link received via MySpace Bulletin:

Truck Drivers Block Freeway Traffic Across the U.S. to Protest Soaring Fuel Prices

Until the beginning of this month, Americans seemed to have nothing to say about their ongoing economic ruin except, “Hit me! Please, hit me again!” You can take my house, but let me mow the lawn for you one more time before you repossess. Take my job and I’ll just slink off somewhere out of sight. Oh, and take my health insurance too; I can always fall back on Advil.

Then, on April 1, in a wave of defiance, truck drivers began taking the strongest form of action they can take: inaction. Faced with $4-per-gallon diesel fuel, they slowed down, shut down and started honking. On the New Jersey Turnpike, a convoy of trucks stretching “as far as the eye can see,” according to a turnpike spokesman, drove at a glacial 20 miles per hour.

Outside of Chicago, they slowed and drove three abreast, blocking traffic and taking arrests. They jammed into Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; they slowed down the Port of Tampa, where fifty rigs sat idle in protest. Near Buffalo, one driver told the press he was taking the week off “to pray for the economy.”

Read the rest at the link.

The story is by noted writer and activist Barbara Ehrenreich.

You truckers sitting idle? You’d be doing yourselves some good by reading Barbara’s books.

I think Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America is a good start. Not only will it open your eyes, you’ll find yourself nodding your head in agreement. It’s always good to find someone who agrees with your plight. It can give you strength.

A second item via MySpace Bulletin— this is a different MySpace page than the one above. I won’t put it in blockquote, to make it easier to read. I did a light edit for clarity:

For Owner Operators and Company Drivers

We are starting a new organization to lead this fight .

The name will be “Owner Operators United”

We will Inc. as soon as donation funds allow us to cover the expense.

Our Goal will be to fight not only fuel costs, but also insurance laws & costs, HOS laws, cross border drivers, and any law that discriminates against trucks and drivers.

Each state will have a member that will handle issues in that state.

A Board of Directors will be elected every two years to assure that we are fairly repesented.

By-laws for this organization will be voted on at the annual meeting.

At any time a member can voice their issues.

We will work hand in hand with all members to assure our goals are met.

We have set up contact members in several states to start this rolling.

Below are the the contact people already set up.

Dan Little
P.O Box 53
Carrollton, Mo. 64633
1-660-322-0783

Barb Little Sect / treasure
P.O. Box 53
Carrollton,Mo. 64633

Brian Cunningham
P.O. Box 485
Wayne City, IL 62895
1-618-242-9653
1-618-923-2440

Pat Kramer
6901 Oak Bend Rd
Polk City, Fla
1-863-557-1303

Note: Although I’m posting this in my blog, I cannot personally vouch for any organization. Please investigate on your own.

There’s more than I can do in one post. Be sure to click on the two MySpace links above and add them as Friends. Both send out Bulletins with additional information. I try to post the best of them. I have a few I’ll have to sit on until tomorrow.

God bless the American trucker!

Previously here:

Truckers Strike 2008: Contacts Needed
Truckers Strike 2008: Who Wants To Go To DC???
Truckers Strike 2008: Big Rig Documentary
Truckers Strike: Harrisburg, PA Convoy
Truckers Strike 2008: Meeting Tomorrow
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #017
Truckers Strike 2008: Day Three?
Truckers Strike 2008: A Success?
Truckers Strike 2008: Search Precedent Set
Truckers Strike 2008: Day Two
Truckers Strike 2008: Join MySpace
Truckers Strike 2008: National/New Jersey Action
Truckers Strike 2008: National/New Jersey Action
Truckers Strike 2008: 3 A.M. Wake-Up Toot
Truckers Strike 2008: Fill Up = Hold Up!
Truckers Strike 2008: Day One
God Bless The American Trucker
Truckers Strike 2008: Additional
Truckers Strike 2008: A Search Record Set
Is The April 1, 2008 Truckers Strike Real?
Truckers Strike: April 1, 2008
April 1: Truckers Strike?

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