Help Leverage Our Letter to STB

October 15-18th Solutionary Rail delivered the sign on letter to Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Martin Oberman, as well as over 100 copies to key members of Congress, Secretary Buttigieg, and other STB board members. Here's the press release about that letter and the 35 organizations, 100 activists, community leaders and issue experts who signed on, in support of this federal rail regulator’s bold statements.

Our unconventional alliance of environmental, labor, and social justice organizations is letting STB Chairman Martin Oberman know that we have his back. We need you to have ours. 

We support Chairman Oberman's critique of the Class 1 railroads' misdirected loyalties to Wall Street rather than the public good. They have most certainly failed to live up to their common carrier obligations.  Together, we are calling for coordinated action between the STB, Congress, and the Biden Administration.

Standing up to the Robber Barons of today and their Wall St. Railroad monopolies can and must be done. Our forebears did so, and now it's our turn. It won't be easy. So, we need you help. Please lock arms with us, lean in, and take action. 

Here's what you can do:

  1. Personalize and submit one of our Letters to the Editor to your local paper

  2. Post our press release and collage of organizations to your social media network. Sample posts are HERE  [Consider using these hashtags: #StandUp2WallStRRs #RRs4PublicGood, #SolutionaryRail]

  3. Contact members of the Senate Commerce Committee and House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to confirm that they received a copy of the Solutionary Rail sign on letter (from committee staff). Then ask them to support Oberman and collaborate with him on both: Characterizing the External Costs of Freight Transport AND the updating of Common Carrier Obligations to serve 21st Century Public Interests. 

  4. Use our Social Media Toolkit to amplify this effort.
This is a critical moment in the Solutionary Rail campaign. We are deeply grateful and honored that so many excellent people and organizations signed onto the letter to STB Chairman Oberman. 
Want to help by pitching in with a tax-deductible donation?  Click here to make a donation, or send in a check (made out to Backbone Campaign, our fiscal sponsor) to Solutionary Rail, PO Box 278, Vashon WA 98070

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  • Amy Suzanne Morrison
    published this page in Take Action 2021-10-20 13:26:22 -0700
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