Since I'm working with impressions instead of facts, I think it's best to start with photos. They tell most of the story. Nine out of the eleven member San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance (SFTWA) board are in this shot. Another is included below sitting behind a National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA) organizer who is speaking in the following photo.
The final member of the board is Rua Graphis of the United Taxicab Workers (UTW). The SFTWA represents the merger of the UTW and the San Francisco Cab Driver's Association (SFCDA) with a bunch of guys I don't know and who haven't, except for an occasional protest, been part of the SFMTA's decision making process for the last five years. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. I'm less than enamored with some of the people who have been part of that process.
The person most responsible for bringing all these different groups together is the blond at the table, Beth Powder, who is a film maker and short time cab driver with extraordinary organizational skills.
A few more shots tell more of the tale.
The main story is that the SFTWA will be first workers group that truly represents the cultural and ethnic diversity of the cab drivers in San Francisco.
The secondary story is that, if you look at the body language of the members of the board, you can see that they are all people who are used to being where they are. These are people who are already leaders in their communities. They should know how to work together.
More later ...