No One Can Really Tell The Truth Like John Walsh
BUS RIDERS UNION AKA ERIC MANN CANCELS MASS MAYORAL CITY HALL STEPS RALLY UNDER STRONG POLITICAL PRESSURE FROM BOTH GARCETTI AND GREUEL ENEMY CAMPS!
ATTENTION: LABOR COMMUNITY STRATEGY CENTER DIRECTOR MR. ERIC MANN:
There is much more valuable information about your confidential Strategy Center meetings held with Obama’s White House and FTA in the article that you wrote for the Nation Magazine (which the news media is urged to read) than BRU members have been told at our monthly meetings over the past years. Why? Are you hiding something?
Thank goodness there is no mention of that fizzled-out Utopian Carless LA Crusade of yours in the pages of your fine Nation article!
Remember you pitched that potential crusade to a very skeptical crowd months ago at a well-attended BRU monthly meeting. That was a wise decision of yours to keep such a failed notion out of The Nation piece!
By the way, spending hard-earned BRU dues-paying members’ money on silly “Soul of the Cities” tee shirts is counter-revolutionary! (Does that sound too Leftist to you?)
You have declared without discussion that new BRU tee shirts are a thing of the past, Mr. Mann!
Do you think Mao ever wore a Red tee shirt with his own picture on it? The answer is no!
To date, the BRU has had zero impact on the Mayoral Election Race! Outrageous!
BRU now has little more than one week before Election Day to crack the media on this extremely important issue to the transit-dependent community who take 1.3 million MTA daily bus trips! Please get both Greuel and Garcetti on the record regarding Bus versus Rail Transit Racism! Hurry up, why don’t you? Stop acting so wimpy! That’s not the BRU of the illustrious past!
Do you remember a while back when BRU ‘s impact on the LA Mayoral race was so great that a picture of Mayoral candidate James Hahn sitting next to you, Mr. Eric Mann, at a BRU Press Conference appeared in the pages of LA TIMES! Past glories? Long Gone!
Nowadays we keenly miss the BRU clout with a minimum of dozens of BRU members At every MTA monthly meetings Year after year! That’s the way you steadfastly used to turn out to challenge the racist MTA Board for more than two decades. Alas …No more!
United Riders of LA (URLA) continues the struggle against Transit Racism…now standing clearly outnumbered at MTA Monthly Board Meetings after being abandoned by BRU!
Eric, has it slipped your senior citizen memory that there was a time in LA when ending Transit Racism in the form of painfully over-crowded buses and stiff fares was The BRU’s focus!
John Walsh has attended almost every BRU fundraiser. Most recently, I happily paid the full $100 for a ticket to attend your yearly celebration at the very upscale Radisson Hotel where I noticed that most of the minorities in the building are not room guests but poorly- treated workers toiling for shamefully low wages! Are you newly blind to racism, Eric? Try organizing the Radisson hotel workers. I’m sure they are mostly transit dependent!
No mention on the hotel stage by you or anyone else that night of the still intolerably racist and worsening bus-riding conditions that the transit-dependent millions must endure 24/7 in LA!
Incidentally, BRU’s demand has always been a $20 monthly pass! Now you have inexplicably weakened our demand to a $42 monthly pass! How come???
When was this long-time demand changed? Who voted for this back-down? When and where did this crucial vote take place! What were the exact results of the voting?
Of course, Mr. Mann, you have the Constitutional right to remain silent!
Everyone is saying that you backed down on that planned City Hall Steps Pre-Election Mass Rally (that your organization pursued so far into the planning stage that you were already passing out flyers to the public announcing the time, place and date) because you got cold feet!
Didn’t you abruptly shit-can that Mass Rally under heavy pressure from above! Your last City Hall Mass Rally was a huge success. This one would have been an even bigger triumph, if The Strategy Center hadn’t chickened out!
Eric, are you tearing to shreds the Strategy Center’s own street credibility? Did internal Strategy Center left-right divisional contradictions and harsh arm-twisting threats by your financial donors like Connie Rice to cut-off your desperately needed funding, painfully influence your now secret decision to bug out on the this planned Mass Rally .
The very notion of such a rally was despised by Garcetti & Greuel who both would like to thank you, Eric Mann, for canceling the Mass Demo … from their standpoint just in the nick of time to avoid serious media embarrassment for both of your “progressive” candidate allies!
None other than Chief-Beck’s self-acknowledged bosom buddy, Ms. Connie Rice — that’s Condoleeza’s kissin’ cousin — is threatening to hamstring the BRU by pulling the Big Money donor plug that she controls through her wealthy friends and associates, if you don’t shut the f*ck up about the Mayor’s race! Your lips are now sealed to appease Rice in her quest to elect Ms. Greuel!
Connie R has the power to dramatically reduce the Strategy Center monetary contributions that come from her rich liberal cohorts if you utter one word that she doesn’t like about her close friend and her oh-so wildly-endorsed candidate, Ms. Wendy (Bus transit-hater) Greuel! And that’s a fact!
Are you laying off her super-favorite Mayoral candidate as an un-spoken favor to Connie Rice in order to avoid any impacts from media fallout related to the scuttled mass rally that might have harmed Ms. Greuel’s chances to be elected Mayor!
And on the opposing side, Mr. Mann, are you failing to get on Councilman Garcetti’s racist case as well — He has never supported BRU during his 12 years in office! — so as to avoid pissing off lots of other BRU’s faithful big money financial backers who blindly support Eric Garcetti against Greuel for Mayor? Looks like you’re stuck in the middle, Mr.Mann!
Your reaction to all of the above, if there is any … will be incorporated into an imminent posting on our twin websites!
You know what, Eric? It’s really getting super-crowded on the buses all over again! How about your traveling back and forth from work at the Strategy Center’s Wilshire/Western office maybe once a week by bus? Instead of always relying on your private auto? You sold your Cadillac a while back, didn’t you?
If you think I’m blowing smoke up your butt, ignore this far-from- private e-correspondence! But don’t neglect to check out our website traffic count below which indicates 100,000 server requests monthly. You know what? Some of our visitors may be past or potential donors to this non- profit that you control!
Do you publicly share the Strategy Center’s analytics?
BRU DUES- PAYING MEMBER FOR 24 YEARS!