Civil Rights

Bus Rider Group Presses For More Buses, Fare Reductions

BRU South LA action


Ticketing towards prisons: LAUSD’s truancy tickets and the pre-prisoning of our youth

Did you ever come late to school? Of course, we all did. You'd get a look from the teacher, a warning about your grades, or even detention. Well, times have changed. Being 15 minutes late can now get you handcuffed by school police and issued a ticket for $250 with a mandatory day in court. Black and Latino students have been telling us about their experiences with these "zero tolerance" policies.

U.S. mass transit use increases in 2008

U.S. mass transit use increases in 2008

BRU Unveils Clean Air and Climate Justice Plan for Measure R

The Bus Riders Union will be holding a press conference on the northeast corner of Wilshire and Western to urge the MTA Board of Directors to support the Bus Riders Union Clean Air and Economic Justice Plan.  The MTA Board will be discussing and potentially approving a bus improvement plan at the March 26th MTA Board meeting.  As a response to the Bus Riders Union, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa opened a process ....

Clean Air and Economic Justice Plan for Measure R


Stimulus Package Lands at MTA

At today's MTA monthly board meeting, BRU organizers and members began struggling with the MTA over how it will use Obama Stimulus funds.

The good, the bad

Black History Month film showing

40 members watched and discussed the documentary Negros with Guns

Winning Lessons from A Civil Rights Battle--MTA Board Rejects Service Cuts

We are very pleased to announce that yesterday, April 24th, 2008, the MTA Board of Directors unanimously rejected a series of proposed service cuts to local bus service which threatened the mobility of thousands of bus riders. This important victory comes after 3 months of intense organizing by our members, organizers, bus riders and allies. There are many lessons to be learned from this campaign....

Meet Natasha and Julio—Newly Elected to BRU Planning Committee

Held at our January monthly meeting, this year’s annual Planning
Committee elections were a window into how members become leaders. This year, two Bus Riders Union members have been elected for their
first terms on the Planning Committee. Each represents major age groups
and regions of L.A.’s bus ridership.  Natasha is a mother of 4 boys who
lives in South LA and Julio is a 21-year old student from the San
Fernando Valley.  In their speeches, you can hear....