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Rethinking [Transit Equity, Climate Change &] the City
January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Transit Equity Day is a national day of action taking place this year on Monday, February 5 and is being organized by the Labor Network For Sustainability.
Come join us for a panel discussion about what transit equity, community organizing and climate change mean for Orlando’s future as an accessible, inclusive, healthy and sustainable city.
Central Florida Jobs with Justice, Organize Florida and many other Orlando community organizations and coalitions are already doing powerful work around these issues.
To learn more about Transit Equity Day nationally and locally visit the Labor Network for Sustainability’s website (http://www.labor4sustainability.org/transit-equity-day/) or email: [email protected]. Statement from the the Labor Network for Sustainability below:
“Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (#transitequityday) for information on Transit Equity Day as well as other ways the Labor Movement is confronting climate change.
Transit Equity Day is a collaborative effort of several organizations and unions to promote public transit as a civil right and a strategy to combat climate change.
This coalition is choosing Rosa Parks’ birthday because she is an iconic figure of the civil rights era who chose the tactic of refusing to give up her seat on the bus. We want to make the connection to this act of resistance to highlight the rights of all people to high-quality public transportation powered by clean/renewable energy. This day of action will also help to enforce a broader strategy that promotes a “full spectrum” just transition from the fossil fuel economy (energy, energy efficiency, transportation, waste, agriculture…) to clean, renewable energy as part of confronting the climate crisis. Increasing, non-fossil fuel, public transportation is a foundation to achieving this transition.
A just transition requires that we uphold worker and civil rights. This means that everyone should have the right and access to free (or at least affordable) public transportation regardless of age, race, or class. It also includes supporting the rights of workers to organize in the sectors that will build, operate and maintain public transportation infrastructure, as well as provide the services.
The Transit Equity Day coalition also wants to promote the principle of public vs. private investment in public transportation – the need for public resources and infrastructure (public transportation, public regulation of our energy systems, a stronger public sector overall, etc.), to lead and administer the transition to fossil fuel free public transportation.
 Rosa Parks’ Birthday is February 4 and falls on a Sunday. Because of this, we are choosing Monday, February 5 as the day of action.”
Thank you to Downtown CREDO Conduit for hosting RTC!
Rethinking the City (RTC) is dedicated to building a dialogue within our community and with changemakers around the world about the forces that shape cities and how we can participate in positive change in our own city through arts, engagement, service, and enterprise.