Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Human rights!...Cabbie rights!

Passer-bys might mistake the gathering for another protest calling for human rights in Ethiopia, but the rally planned at Washington D.C.'s Freedom Plaza is organized by members of the city's taxi driver associations, many of whom are Ethiopian drivers.

...But these are anxious times for the Ethiopian immigrants who make up one of the largest groups of taxi drivers in the District. They and other cabdrivers are concerned about Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's impending decision about meters -- due Oct. 17 -- and how it might affect an industry that has provided a livelihood and a way of life.