We're in the home stretch in San Francisco with the Free MUNI for All Youth
campaign. On Tuesday, April 3, MTA's board will take up proposals for Youth
1) Status Quo: Keep a Reduced fare pass for Youth - now $21 but has risen in cost 100% in two years ($10 - $21)
2) Fee For All Youth - OUR Proposal and Ask for next Tuesday
3) Reduced fare/passes for All from current costs
4) Free for All Low Income (free/reduced lunch) - this is the proposal MTA leadership supports
Banks Must Pay
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Banks that wrecked our economy continue to overcharge our public agencies—the Metropolitan Transportation Committee (MTC), for one— millions of dollars on bad loan deals.
What You Can Do
On Feb. 20th through 24th, join bus riders, ACCE, Urban Habitat, and our allies in the Transportation Justice Working Group, as well as the 6 Wins For Social Equity, for a Week of Actions, to demand that banks renegotiate interest-rate swap agreements.
ACTION ALERT! From Transit Riders for Public Transportation (TRPT)
Stop the assault on the public sector,
protect environmental justice and civil rights
in transportation funding.
SAY NO to H.R. 7 — TAKE ACTION NOW!
House Republican Committees voted last week to eviscerate transit in the federal transportation bill by eliminating the 20% share of dedicated funding for public transit and giving 100% of federal funds to roads and highways. This bill also targets our grassroots communities of color who make up the backbone of transit ridership across the country.
CALL your Congressional Representative and the Speaker of the House and tell them to vote NO on H.R. 7 (the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act) Contact Your Congressional Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Contact Speaker Boehner: Phone: (202) 225-0600 Fax: (202) 225-5117
WHAT: FTA Listening Session on Title VI and Environmental Justice
WHERE: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703 (at Ashby BART station)
WHEN: Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
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Dear Civil Rights and EJ allies,
On Monday, November 14th, Obama Administration officials will be in California to hear community input on how to strengthen civil rights and Environmental Justice rules in public transportation. These rules have been used successfully to challenge discrimination.
In 2010, Oakland activists successfully diverted $70 million from BART’s costly Oakland Airport Connector to preserve existing transit service. Bus riders in Los Angeles have used these protections to trigger a federal investigation of LA Metro’s elimination of nearly 1 million hours of bus service.
Rising fares have made it too expensive for low-income families to ride the bus. Cuts to transit service have isolated millions of people from jobs, schools and health care. Communities of color continue to receive an unequal share of funding to improve mass transit service.
This madness must stop! We need stronger civil and environmental justice protections to put an end to these discriminatory decisions. FTA's general information about proposed changes
Join Us for FTA Listening Session: Nov 14th
Help strengthen the fight for transportation justice!
Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703 (at Ashby BART station)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA-Public transportation riders and supporters across the country will speak out on Sept. 20 to protest proposed federal spending cuts that would gut public transit and highway funding. In Oakland, members of ACCE, Genesis, Urban Habitat, the Transportation Justice Working Group and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 192 will gather at 14th and Broadway at 4:45 p.m. for a "Call to Action" as part of "Don't X Out Public Transportation Day," which is being organized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Demonstrations will take place in 14 cities across the country, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Birmingham, AL.
Join Us Tuesday Sept 20th: Free MUNI Youth Pass Campaign and National Day of Action for Public Transit Funding
Today, Tuesday, September 20th, is a major day of action for Transporation Justice in the Bay and around the country and we're asking the Transportation Justice Working Group to join us for one or both of the following actions:
Free MUNI for Youth Campaign Press Event and Action
Join us (Sup. David Campos and other BoS members, SF Unified School District, POWER, Chinatown CDC and other CBOs) as we have our public launch of our campaign to win a Free 3 Year Pilot Transit Pass for SF Youth!
When: Tuesday September 20th from 12 - 12:30
Where: Steps of City Hall in San Francisco
What: We'll hold a press event with youth, allies and elected officials highlighting the urgent need for equal access to schools, jobs, after-school programs followed by attending the SF MTA board meeting to show MUNI the broad support this campaign has.
If you can attend please let me know. Also, because it's a school day (and we don't want to take kids out of the classroom) we'll have some youth who have recently graduated from school attending and some pre-school kids but it would great if we had more to show the media our future transit riders!
Take Action to Support Alternatives to Cap and Trade.
The next step is to contact Governor Jerry Brown, and tell him to stop cap and trade and support a carbon tax. Call Brown at (916) 445-2841 (9 am to 5 pm) or e-mail the governor's office.
California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) is an important step toward addressing climate change. However, when it passed we were disappointed that it included setting up a cap-and-trade program. There are number of serious problems with this model. The European Union's first cap-and-trade system actually produced windfall profits for polluters, and failed to seriously reduce emissions! See below to learn more.
Environmental justice organizations sued the state over cap and trade, and forced officials to look at stronger alternatives. A stronger climate plan would combine two of the ideas identified by the California Air Resources Board:
Carbon Tax. This is a much more transparent approach to pricing carbon. Also, the revenues go to the state, which can use it to close the budget gap, re-fund our public transportation systems, schools, and social services, and invest in green energy. We the People need that money more than Chevron does — make polluters pay!
Regulate specific pollution sources. To ensure we clean up the air in the most polluted areas, combine a carbon tax with strict enforcement of clean air laws with the biggest polluters, such as oil refineries.
Please Join us! Thursday July 14th at 6:30pm at First Congregational Church in Oakland (2501 Harrison Street) for what will hopefully be the largest transportation justice event ever in the East Bay.
Put on by our close allies at Genesis, this town hall will bring hundreds of families, bus riders and youth together to call on our elected officials to make AC Transit free for students and demand equal funding for our bus systems, so we can restore cuts to service.
Specifically we demand that Alameda County spends a portion of its $10 billion in transportation dollars to:
* Provide every Middle and High School Student in Alameda County with a free bus pass (to get to school and afterschool activities)
* Secure more funding for AC Transit so it doesn't have to cut more service and so it can restore the 15% of service it cut last year
ACCE Riders for Transit Justice is organizing a People’s Hearing to allow bus riders and their allies to speak directly to AC Transit, MTC and Alameda CTC board members – the ones who determine AC’s funding -, and lay-out proposals for:
1) Restoring lost AC service, 2) Funding a FREE Eco bus pass for middle and high school students, and 3) Allowing transfers to be used multiple times (rather than just once).
When: Thursday, April 21st at 6 p.m.
Where: 160 14th Street, Oakland (at Madison) in the Community Room.
For more information, contact Jason at 714-745-6243 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about AC Transit's proposed fare policy or get involved with the free youth Eco bus pass and the multi-use bus transfer campaigns open the document attached.