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  • 2009 marks an important harvest of our last 5 years of hard work
    organizing bus riders, local businesses, public health and community
    allies and the local elected officials like former councilmember Wendy
    Greuel and Bill Rosendahl, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. With the full $23.3 million of federal funding secured, the tide has turned to move the Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes Project into reality.

  • As all good organizers do, we begin the year looking back to the lessons and breakthroughs of 2009 that will inform the character of the work of the Bus Riders Union in 2010. The year presented many challenges for the BRU in securing the 20% of Measure R funds that were promised for bus system improvements.  We knew we would have to fight to ensure those funds be used for the much needed expansion of LA's bus system and its primarily working-class, immigrant, Black, Asian and Latina/o riders.

  • It has been both a tough and exciting first year for our civil rights and environmental justice campaign to influence the second largest federal bill: the $500 billion federal surface transportation act. Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to step back and reflect on my eventful year as lead coordinator of Transit Riders for Public Transportation.

  • Many of the key lessons of the environmental justice movement from the 80s and 90s fighting market driven policies in local campaigns can illuminate how we can re-shape the discussions around climate solutions in Congress this year.

  • 18 year-old BRU Bryan Mauricio member blogs on his experience in transformative organizing.

  • Fall 2009 issue of Race Poverty and the Environment

    Lead Organizer and National Coordinator of the Transit Riders for Public Transportation (TRPT), Francisca Porchas discusses the battle for climate justice in the re-authorization of the $500 billion Federal Surface Transportation Act in this winter's issue of Race, Poverty, & the Environment themed "Climate Change: Catalyst or Catastrophe?"

  • Where is the global justice movement 10 years after its birth in the Battle of Seattle?  In a radio interview, the Strategy Center's Tammy Bang Luu remembers being "a young kid" on the streets, and being arrested in the protests.  She draws connections between what happened then and where the global justice movement is today as it heads into the second US Social Forum in Detroit in 2010. 

  • Bolivian Climate Change Ambassador Pablo Erick Solon Romero Oroza speaks about an environmental justice platform that Bolivia and many Latin American nations are demanding for as real solutions on climate change.

  • BRU member Crystal McMillan reports on BRU's commemoration of the 54th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts."To use the example of the Boycott, we have to move forward with determination and we have to harness the will of the people. We will come together to stop the 2010 fare increase. We will use the Clean Air and Economic Justice plan to gain true mobility and a healthy environment. We will build an empowered and creative movement that can shape the Long Range Transportation Plan into a document that doesn't use fare increases and service cuts to fund our transit system."

  • Terezia Orosz, a teacher at West Adams Community Adult School, shares how the involvement of police to address student behavior issues have impacted her students emotionally."Pre-Prison Diaries" is a series from the Community Rights Campaign in which organizers, students, parents and teachers share stories and observations about truancy tickets, police in schools, zero tolerance, and other "pre-prison" conditions and experiences.

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