Civil Disobedience Gave Activists New Energy And Focus
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 21, 2004
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--On January 8, Donald Stancile made national headlines when he was arrested for taking a Port Authority bus hostage.
Stancile had parked his motorized wheelchair in front of the 86B Frankstown bus and refused to move after the bus driver refused to manually operate a hydraulic lift that would not open automatically.
The 53-year-old spent a night in jail for his act of civil disobedience.
Stancile is president of the local office of the national group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). His act has given ACORN new energy in addressing the bus problems in the area, along with other issues facing people with disabilities and low incomes.
"I think civil disobedience is justified when it brings change," Stancile told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
He said that the event has given him a clearer picture of what his life is about.
"For 22 years of my life, I was in the drug scene," Stancile explained.
"My past isn't pretty, but I know what it takes to be an activist," he said.
"Donald Stancile / Taking a bus hostage gives new meaning to his life" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)