Note: The Seattle Free Riders Union is independent of Black Orchid Collective. Several of us are members of the FRU.
Black Orchid members are involved in starting a new formation, the Seattle Free Riders Union (website still under construction). It is a new formation being built by people from various political tendencies in Seattle who are coming together to deal with the austerity measures coming down, most recently in the form of transit cuts and bus fare hikes. We are inspired by the global wave of anti-austerity resistance, in the form of strikes and the growing international “I Won’t Pay” movement.
The Seattle Free Riders Union is open to all people regardless of political affiliation. You do not need to be an activist to get involved. Members pay monthly dues and in return, if caught dodging fare, the Free Riders Union pays their ticket. It is an insurance policy for those of us who can’t afford the high bus fares.
Collective efforts like this is a source of hope for those of us who want to flourish, not just survive. There are more and more people like us, who believe that money and exchange of commodities should not dominate our lives, who insist that transit, and all goods and services should be free and organized by everyday people, not by capitalists and their state. Join the Seattle Free Riders Union! Catch the FRU downtown when we flyer, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to members in FRU who developed this dope poster. Feel free to print out and pass or post this up!