Transit Justice Town Hall on MTA Cuts to Transit Lifelines—Coming Aug 20!
by Crystal McMillan on Friday, August 5, 2011
The #305 job and healthcare access bus line is being eliminated along with so many other cuts and reduction on our lifelines across the county. And MTA has the nerve to cut our lifelines by calling them "wasteful and underutilized."
Let's give MTA a reality check. Come and share your story of how bus line cuts are affecting you!
We're getting together with labor, tenants, public health, environmental and civil rights organizations to foster the serious attention and care for the human and policy impacts that are missing from MTA's P.R. They want to convince the Federal Transit Administration that there's nothing wrong with what they're doing.
A panel of national experts will be there with us
Dr. Robert Bullard. Named by Newsweek in 2008 as one the 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century and described as the "Father of Environmental Justice," he is the author of 16 books on sustainable development, environmental racism, and urban planning policy, including the landmark book on transportation justice, Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity.
Martha Argüello is the Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility in Los Angeles. One of California's leading voices for environmental health and justice, she co-founded the Los Angeles County Asthma Coalition and the Coalition for Environmental Health and Justice, and was appointed to Cal/EPA's Environmental Justice Committee.
Guillermo Mayer is a leading transportation civil rights attorneys in the US. He co-authored the civil rights complaint in the landmark 2009 BART Airport Connector case and is a National Co-coordinator of the national civil rights and environmental justice campaign Transit Riders for Public Transportation.
Remaining panelists TBA...
We're bringing everyone together on this!
The Transit Justice Town Hall is sponsored by: Acción Westlake, Association of Communities United in South Los Angeles (ACUSLA), Coalition for Clean Air, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Comunidad Presente, East Los Angeles Community Corporation (ELACC), Green LA Coalition, HOLA - Hispanos Organizados en Los Angeles, Inner City Struggle (ICS), Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, Public Counsel, Restaurant Opportunities Center - Los Angeles (ROC-LA), SEIU United Long Term Care Workers, Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA), Strategic Action for A Just Economy (SAJE), Unification of Disabled Latin Americans (UDLA)... more on the way!
If you want more information or have any questions about the upcoming town hall contact BRU Lead Organizer Esperanza Martinez at Esperanza@busridersunion.org.