When Augustine Tangs father passed away, Augustine decided to inherit his taxi medallion ” the license that had allowed his father to drive a yellow taxi cab in New York City for decades. But the medallion came with a $530,000 debt trap and years of struggling to escape it. So Tang joined a push by the local taxi drivers union, to campaign for debt relief. And eventually, city resistance to worker demands culminated in a 15-day hunger strike to convince City Hall that immigrant taxi drivers deserved a fair deal. The drivers struggles for livable working conditions showed how political power doesnt just come down to votes. Its a reminder how strong collective will can be, especially for those often silenced and ignored by our imperfect democracy. Brought to you from the podcast Self Evident.
HUNGER STRIKE! HOW IMMIGRANT TAXI DRIVERS TOOK ON CITY HALLFelix Gonzalez