9/18/19

There was a strange sight at the 16th and Mission Bart Plaza:  MUNI employees, funded by SFMTA public government money (i.e. your tax dollars) were holding up signs like chauffeurs for Oracle.

The rationale? “We are helping people find the Oracle conference and advertising our new express bus.”

It seemed strange to me, as I’ve never seen SFMTA go out of its way to advertise for any large community events. Where were the chauffeurs for Carnivale? The SF Walk Against Rape? Dia De Los Muertos? I don’t even remember seeing MUNI chauffeurs for Pride marches (surely one of San Francisco’s most time-honored events).

It just seemed like a strange mix of government money being used for private advertising. Not surprising, in a city where politicians are so deeply in bed with the tech giants. But also – not acceptable (sorry folks, no apathy here!)

The employees were very nice though, and we chatted about vegetarian food and different types of diets. I like that MUNI has a union to pay drivers fair wages. We need more unions…

MEANWHILE, across the plaza was a glorious food serving! Some people came by with extra dishes that were going to be thrown out from a tech company’s catering abundance. A selfless tech employee and a bookstore staff person volunteered their time to feed the people. It was amazing, spontaneous, and beautiful.

Shortly thereafter, Food Not Bombs showed up to double down on the culinary delights. The end result? Nothing short of an eight course feast at the 16th BART plaza!! Everyone left that night with a full stomache.

At one point the MUNI employees came over to chat, and it was a delight to share good conversation with good food.

It’s amazing to see the good vibes that feeding people can create. And who knows? Maybe one day MUNI employees will do a serving with us 🙂

 

 

 

 

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