The President’s budget is a great first step that will get us back on the road to an outstanding transportation system. It includes a surface transportation proposal of $302 billion over four years and would rebuild crumbling infrastructure, create jobs, invest in workforce development. It will also start to address maintenance needs of transit systems across this country.
A bipartisan group of state senators approved allowing voters to create a regional transit authority with taxing power in the Fox Valley.
Congratulations go to WISDOM leaders and organizers who have been working on getting this legislation passed.
TEN, as part of Gamaliel, is proud of the courageous stand taken by the Rev. Bobby Love and Jesus Rivera, Gamaliel leaders in the Dream for All Campaign. Love is the former chair of MORE2 in Kansas City, and Rivera is a board member of the Indiana Organizing Project in South Bend. Both were arrested as part of a civil disobedience action in Washington, DC on August 1st, in protest of the House of Representatives' inaction on immigration reform legislation. First media coverage came from Equal Voice News, a publication of the Marguerite Casey Foundation.
TEN's Executive Director Laura Barrett, writing for Shelterforce Magazine's Rooflines blog, discusses the powerful economic impact of community organizing the implications of Gamaliel's latest study Community Organizing As Job Creator.
A new study - the first ever using economic theory and government formulas to evaluate community organizing - shows community organizing is stunningly effective as a jobs creator and economic stimulus.
TEN has joined forces with a powerful new coalition called Refund Transit that's working to pressure big banks into renogogiating toxic pre-recession bank deals with some of the nation's biggest transit agencies. A new report details hundreds of millions currently being lost to toxic deals.
Spanning the end of April and beginning of May in 2012, TEN held the Fire of Faith Week of Prayer Vigils for Racial and Economic Equity. In 20 cities across America, faith leaders called on legislators to ensure that faith values guide the drafting of federal and state budgets.
A new report from the American Association of People with Disabilities finds that 560,000 people with disabilities never leave their homes due to transportation difficulties. The report demonstrates the growing difficulties faced by disabled Americans and offers hope in the form of recommendations for the upcoming transportation reauthorization.
At TEN, what motivates us to keep fighting for equitable transportation? People like Stuart and Dianne Falk, both wheelchair-bound, who lost access to transit in a 2009 funding cut. Thanks to the work of TEN affiliate MCU, service was later restored.
Transportation equity is about building a more just, prosperous, and connected America. The Falks' story illustrates what's at stake.