Transit Justice Town Hall Media Coverage
by Esperanza Martinez on Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Saturday August 20th, the BRU and members of over 30 ally organizations packed Parish Hall at Immanuel Presbyterian Church with over 250 members and allies for our Transit Justice Town Hall!
Over 100 people gave compelling testimony on the adverse and disparate impacts that the elimination of critical bus lifelines have had. The expert panel spoke amazingly of the intersections of race/the environment/gender/ public health and public transportation.
This event is helping build momentum locally around Transit Justice and continues to help raise the service cuts as a citywide debate. If you missed it check out the following stories:
BRU Press Statement: From Bus Benches to Bus Stops - Transit Dependent Angelenos are Being Left Stranded.
LA Times quoted member Judi Redman: "I wanted to cry. I was hot and sweaty," Redman said. "I was late for the interview," as she waited for a bus in the hot sun.
LA Activist Blog highlighted the compelling presentations made by expert panelists and Civil Rights Lawyers Connie Rice and Guillermo Mayer of Public Advocates whom spoke to the devastating impacts when politicians build rail on the backs of the poor. As well as Dr. Bob Bullard who drew similarities between Atlanta and Los Angeles transit systems and riders. Captured Martha Arguello of PSR declaring "if we do not fix transportation, we can't fix health."
LA Streetsblog reminded readers that the Transit Justice Town Hall comes on the heels of the Federal Transit Administrations visit to conduct a Civil Right audit of MTA.
The Huffington Post attempts to demonstrate the varying voices speaking into a Brookings Institute report that claims stranded bus riders may have better luck finding a bus than in New York City. Martinez, BRU Lead Organizer disagreed stating "The problem with MTA's line of argument is that they are massively reducing bus service."
KPCC interviews the BRU on missing bus benches as we claim the city, not the private sector, should foot the bill for the benches. Bus benches disappear in your neighborhood - why and will they be back?
Uprising Radio's Sonalli Kolhatkar interviews Esperanza Martinez on what led to the FTA complaint and the details of the Transit Justice Town Hall.