Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tell your "Transit is Essential" story!

from Green for All

Hello all,

I hope you are well. My name is Nicole Wong and I am a Campaign Manager with Green For All, a program of the national social justice nonprofit Dream Corps.

We recently released a report, entitled Securing Safe Transit: Before & After COVID-19, which offers insights from transit justice groups, labor unions, and transit agencies across the country about the needs and challenges riders and workers continue to face. It includes specific policy recommendations that transit agencies can adopt to ensure the health and safety of their riders and workers while maintaining reliable, affordable, and equitable services now and into the future. In order to continue building public awareness and pressure for their adoption, I want to share two ways to get involved this week. We would greatly appreciate your support in helping to spread the word. 

#TransitIsEssential Social Media Storytelling Campaign
Starting today, we are launching our social media and storytelling campaign to uplift the voices of transit riders and workers, draw attention to the critical issue of transportation, and place pressure on Senators to pass adequate funding to get transit agencies through fiscal year 2021.

1. We will be posting audio recordings of directly impacted transit riders and workers throughout the week. Please give these heartfelt stories a listen and share widely: http://thedreamcorps.org/transit-is-essential.

2. We are also asking partners and transit riders and workers to post a picture of themselves on social media holding a sign that says "#transitisessential because_____" with their answer.

Can you please help uplift this message by posting on your social media channels and sharing this photo campaign with your networks? You can find our social media toolkit with instructions, graphics, and draft posts here.

Transit Equity Town Hall
This Thursday, we will be hosting a Transit Equity Town Hall in which transit equity leaders across the country will discuss why transit is essential to building racial and economic equity and how transit agencies can continue to center equity in their transportation decisions in response to COVID-19. We hope you will be able to join us!

Can you please share this event with your communities? You can use our amplification toolkit here that includes a draft email, draft social posts, relevant hashtags, and more.

What: Transit Equity Town Hall: Mobility, Race, and the Economy
When: Thursday, July 16th at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET
RSVP: Please RSVP using this link here

Event Description:

People of color and low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by poverty, pollution, and the COVID-19 pandemic. These interrelated crises are all rapidly accelerating and the policies implemented today will have ripple effects for years to come. This Town Hall will explore the crucial link between racial equity, economic equity, and transit equity. Panelists will also discuss how transit agencies and policymakers can incorporate equity into decisions about service delivery, fare programs, community engagement, and funding to improve access and affordability for transit dependent riders now and after COVID-19.