Transportation Justice Briefing, June 11, 2010

According to the latest figures, the Obama administration has paid out only about $378 billion of the $792 billion stimulus. Given the administration's interest in advancing civil rights during its tenure, an opportunity presents itself. For our next Social Equity Caucus quarterly meeting, we will consider the use of civil rights framing in shaping federal funding investments in low-income communities and communities of color. We will highlight recent examples of how civil rights framing has influenced federal investments, including Urban Habitat's successful blocking of stimulus funds for the Oakland Airport Connector project and PolicyLink's equitable economic recovery engagement in Minnesota.

Our emphasis is on the ways that advancing civil rights claims can result in stronger federal investments in our most burdened communities; therefore, this meeting will be useful for advocates from all sectors, including community groups, labor groups, and city and local electeds, staff, and commissioners from around the Bay. Stakeholders and decision makers with an interest in transit justice are particularly encouraged to attend, but community advocates from across all issues areas impacted by federal investment will find the information shared in this meeting relevant to their campaigns.


Read the speaker's bio and hear the podcast of their presentation:

    * Bob Allen, Director of Transportation and Housing, Urban Habitat
    * Shireen Malekafzali, Senior Associate, PolicyLink
    * Guillermo Mayer, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Advocates

Power Point versions of the presentations: Transportation as a Civil Right - Bob Allen, Director of Transportation and Housing, Urban Habitat

Equitable Recovery in Minnesota: Transportation - Shireen Malekafzali, Senior Associate, PolicyLink

The Oakland Airport Connector: A Civil Rights and Transportation Justice Campaign - Guillermo Mayer, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Advocates