Transit Equity Day 2022

Santa Cruz County’s First National Transit Equity Day Feb 4, 2022, in honor of Rosa Parks’ birthday was a Success!

Check out media coverage, activities and speeches by Santa Cruz County community leaders below.

KSBW News and other local Media covered our Santa Cruz event.

Transit Equity Day is a National Coalition movement honored on Feb 4th, in honor of Rosa Parks’ Birthday. TED was founded by Civil Rights Leaders, Environmental Organizations, Labor Unions and Laborers working together to bring awareness to the public about the critical importance Robust Public Transportation has to ALL members of our community and activate people to support public transit.

Educate. Agitate. Organize.

Santa Cruz Transit Equity Day 2022 In the News!

The Pajaronian: March Calls for equity in public transit

Lookout: ‘The time is now’: Santa Cruzans call for transit equity, accessibility

KSQD Talk of the Bay, with Chris Krohn, Feb 1,2022: Transportation Equity and a Carbon Free Future

KSQD Talk of the Bay with Suki Wessling, Jan 17, 2022: What Does Everyday Equity Look Like?

A coalition of organizations participated and community members of all ages marched along the Coastal Rail-Trail to Lighthouse State Park. A local funk band Sonic Architect set the mood.

Robust Equitable Public Transit is a CIVIL RIGHT providing opportunity access to all. Prioritizing the creation of robust transit systems across our nation is one of the most important ways we can address our Equity and Environmental crises and reduce traffic. Our entire community benefits. For every $1 spent on public transit, $4 comes back into our communities. – APTA

Video and post-production by Chelsea George

Local Sponsors/Endorsers of Santa Cruz County’s Transit Equity Day included Equity Transit, the Santa Cruz NAACP, the Santa Cruz Climate Action Network, Roaring Camp, Regeneración, Santa Cruz County Black Health Matters Initiative, the Youth for Climate Action Network, Shared Adventures, the Black Student Union, Slugs for Coast Connect, Friends of the Rail and Trail, and Santa Cruz for Bernie. A special thanks to the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation.

Our National Sponsor is Labor Network for Sustainability which is endorsed by a large and growing number of civil rights leaders, environmental organizations, labor unions and members including the NAACP, Sierra Club, The Sunrise Movement, Hip Hop Caucus, Citizens Climate Lobby, Elders Climate Action, and many more. See link below.

Sponsorship: https://www.labor4sustainability.org/transit-equity-2021/sponsors-sponsorship/ ).

VOICES: 10 -Local Leaders and public transit users of all ages from underrepresented communities spoke for National Transit Equity Day 2022

Dr. Justin Cummings is a current Santa Cruz City Council member, past Mayor of Santa Cruz, Co-Founder and Associate Director of the UCSC CITRIS Initiative with a PhD in environmental studies. Justin is running for District 3 Supervisor.

Tamarah Minami is a local high school student, climate science activist, and leader of the organization Youth for Climate Justice, a group of local students working to change policies that impact climate.

Felipe Hernandez is former Watsonville City Council member and former Mayor, a Cabrillo College Trustee, and is running for District 4 (Watsonville) Supervisor.

Mary Offermann is a philosophical spunky 80-year young artist who studied English and Dramatic Arts at UC Davis. Mary spends summers painting at her studio in La Montagne Noire, France, finishing her work in Santa Cruz on her urban farm compound with her children and grandchildren.

G-SPEED is a poet, artist, performer. Solid. Grounded. Soft spoken, Former US Army Soldier, staff member at UCSC, Grandfather to Miss Marlo and Miss Melody, and Great hugger.

Foster Andersen is an engineer, inventor, and founder of the non-profit Shared Adventures, dedicated to improving quality life and bringing outdoor adventures for those with disabilities. Foster advocates for robust public transit which many

Vanessa Quiroz-Carter dedicated the past 20 years to public service, community building and education including Americorps, SCC Women’s Commission, the City of Watsonville Parks and Recreation Commission, and as VP of the Board for Families in Transition. Vanessa works as an Adjunct Professor at Hartnell College and was recently elected to the Watsonville City Council.

Thairie Ritchie, part 1: Born in Atlanta, GA in 1995, Thairie is a young local organizer and activist involved in bringing forward change in the social ecosystems with events such as the Juneteenth 2020 march and the Community Forum in Sept 2021.

Thairie Ritchie, part 2: Thairie is a KSQD interviewer for the program Unheard Voices, works for the Farmer Markets, and is a student at Cabrillo College.

Michael Wool and Zennon Ulyate-Crow are UCSC students whose primary source of transportation is the Bus Metro. Their passion for transit and housing justice has translated into organizing and activating UCSC students.

Michael Wool is a 3rd year environmental studies and economics major at UCSC and founder of Slugs for Coast Connect. Michael and his organization, Slugs for Coast Connect, was a key partner in creating the Transit Equity Day 2022 event. Michael Wool joined the board of Friends of the Rail and Trail in 2022 and is a transit justice activist.

Zennon Ulyate-Crow is a first year student at UCSC and founder of the UCSC Student Housing Coalition. Zennon was one of three full-time paid staff with Grassroots Democrats in Los Angeles working against the Republican Recall Campaign in California and led a canvassing program in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area that knocked on over 5,000 doors, with a volunteer base of 125 people, he personally managed distribution of over 60,000 postcards to volunteers.

The United States once had the world’s most advanced public rail, trolley, and bus transit system! Q: What happened?

A: Starting in the 1940s, the auto, oil, rubber tire, trucking, and asphalt industries formed a powerful lobby that steamrolled communities that fought to keep their public transit systems intact, ripped up valuable rail & trolley infrastructure, and built highways in the bedrooms of Black and Brown communities.

The systemization of racism and classism by the Highway Lobby undid over 100 years of work by Civil Rights Leaders. Systemized racism and classism due to poor public transit is an issue which continues today, even in our own community. The automobile and hi-tech industries now also play a role in advocating for e-cars over public transit.

YOUTUBE: Taken for a Ride – The U.S. History of the Assault on Public Transport in the Last Century

Labor Network for Sustainability is seeking to create a Just Transition

“Developing principles that advance the rights of workers and communities who will be impacted in the transition to a climate safe economy.”

Mission of LNS

To be a relentless force for urgent, science-based climate action by building a powerful labor-climate movement to secure an ecologically sustainable and economically just future where everyone can make a living on a living planet.

Greenway is anti-equity, anti-public transit, anti-labor, and anti-environment!

Vote NO on the Deceptive Greenway Measure June 7, 2022. The Greenway Measure would remove rail from the SC General plan making it impossible for us to obtain funding from federal and state sources for electric passenger rail.

-Check out the video below “The Greenway Controversy Demystified“. Stay tuned and check back at equitytransit.org for more information about the Greenway initiative soon. Volunteer at NoWayGreenway.com.

Railbanking 101 Link: Here is a short write-up about railbanking

Our Community’s Beloved Roaring Camp is Threatened with Aggressive Adverse Abandonment. How is Greenway and TrailNow involved? Full Press Releases from Roaring Camp below:

March 1, 2022 The Greenway Controversy Demystified with Sally Arnold and Roaring Camp’s Rosemary Sarka:

Zoom Presentation in partnership with Santa Cruz 4 Bernie, Santa Cruz Climate Action Network, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, and Equity Transit.

What IS Possible? Our Path to a clean traffic free future is Robust Public Transit; electric light rail, a trail, and safe streets all integrated with a robust bussing system!

In October 2021, Coast Futura brought affordable State of the Art Electric Light Rail to our Santa Cruz Branchline! WE CAN DO IT!!!

The Coast Futura ran in Watsonville and Santa Cruz over 2 weeks in October 2021 and the community was very excited!

Electric Light Rail in Santa Cruz County IS Possible!!! The community asked, when can we have this stay permanently?

How can you help fight Greenway’s Deceptive ballot measure?

Register to vote: Ballots will be mailed in May. In person voting is June 7th, 2022

Volunteer! Numerous Organizations are standing together against Greenway. Contact NoWaygreenway.com or email us and we can plug you in! Join FORT to get critical information on updates and actions you can take in support of the rail and trail.

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