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Transit Equity day declared
Our Story of Lifting-Up Transit Equity in AlbuquerqueNM.
Together for Brothers (T4B) believes those who are most impacted by a decision being made should be those who are taking part in making the decisions. We at T4B began our journey of lifting up transit equity work in ABQ in the Spring of 2017 when we began a Health Impact Assessment to forward policy for a free Universal Youth Bus Pass for all young people in ABQ, NM ages 10-18 years old. Since then we have collaborated with the City of Albuquerque and community partners including Forward Together, International District Healthy Communities Coalition, Juntos: Our Air, Our Water, New Mexico Asian Family Center and many others. On a national level we've begun participating in organizing efforts with the Labor Network for Sustainabilityto organize actions nation-wide.
We are excited to announce that after much effort we have reached one of the many mile markers we aim to reach as T4B in partnership with our fellow grassroots organizers and passionate City of Albuquerque employees working around transit and health equity in Albuquerque and beyond. February 4th, 2019, the birthday of Rosa Parks, is officially Transit Equity Day in the City of Albuquerque - a step in the direction that began with leaders and organizers such as Rosa Parks and the many people of color and allies who have been organizing for decades for racial and social justice.
Thanks again to the City of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion for all of their support. And a big thanks to Mayor Tim Keller for the Executive Order and ABQ Ride and the Transit Department for offering free bus rides today. If you ride the bus on Transit Equity Day, please post about it and/or share a photo with #TransitEquityDay and/or #brotherssonthebus hashtags.
T4B will keep organizing for transit equity including community participation of those most impacted by lack of access to transit because of cost, frequency or location of public buses.