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Transit Equity Day

February 5

The Institute for Policy Studies joins several co-sponsors for Transit Equity Day, a collaborative effort of several organizations and unions to promote public transit as a civil right and a strategy to combat climate change.

We are choosing Rosa Parks’ birthday (actually on February 4) 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.[1] 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 main goal of Transit Equity Day is to support the efforts of many people who are already working to support public transit in their communities. Thousands of people in the U.S. are already organizing campaigns through their unions and organizations. We would love to highlight your work and connect it to the broader network of activities on February 5, 2018. Please email us at TransitEquityDay@labor4sustainability.org or call Michael Leon Guerrero, Labor Network for Sustainability (424) 243-6543 for more information. Here are some ideas of activities you can organize on Transit Equity Day whether you are part of an existing campaign or not:


  • Convene an educational event about public transit as a civil right and as a key strategy to confront climate change.
  • Wear a button or sticker to your workplace showing support for public transit as a civil right.
  • Get an op-ed published in your local newspaper.


  • Organize a direct action to support a local campaign for quality public transit for all.


  • Get your union local, organization city council, transportation board and others to pass a resolution supporting public transportation as a civil right.
  • Get your union to establish a climate action committee.

Download the Organizing Toolkit for resources that will help you to organize your own activities on February 5, 2018 and ways to connect to the broader network of organizations that will be taking action.

Co-sponsors: Institute for Policy Studies, Amalgamated Transit Union, Chainbreaker Collective, Jobs With Justice, Labor Network for Sustainability, The LEAP, Labor Community Strategy Center, and Partnership for Working Families.


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