Community Briefing: Advocating for Just Transportation in WA State

When:
October 21, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
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Join Front and Centered, a coalition of BIPOC groups from around the state, Disability Rights Washington350 WA and others for an exciting community briefing with state and national leaders in transportation and climate activism to learn how you can put this tool into action to fight for more transit, safer streets, and cleaner air where you live.

WHAT: Community Briefing: Advocating for Just Transportation 

WHEN: October 21, 2021 1:00pm PT

WHO:

  • Rosalinda Guillen – Co-Lead, Front and Centered Community Council and Director, Community to Community
  • Anna Zivarts – Director, Disability Mobility Initiative, Disability Rights Washington 
  • Andrew Kidde – Transportation Team Lead, 350 WA 
  • Stephen Lee Davis – AVP of Transportation Strategy, Smart Growth America
  • Ben Holland – Manager, Urban Transformation, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Paulo Nunes-Ueno – Transportation Lead, Front and Centered

WHERE: Register in advance and participate via Zoom: https://bit.ly/Just-Transportation-Event 

This November, legislators are planning to consider massive transportation projects that have received little public input. They need to hear from us. Instead of conducting business as usual and building new highways, legislators should be investing in a Just Transition in the transportation system that lowers climate and air pollution and increases mobility for all.

Join our community briefing to find out about our Transportation Bill of Rights and how you can use this new calculator to show policymakers how their highway projects harm communities and the climate and how we can and must do better.

Hope to see you on Thursday!

Paulo Nunes-Ueno
Transportation Lead

Transportation Justice Advocates Unveil an Important New Tool in the Fight Against Climate Change

Transportation and climate justice can’t be separated. Here in Washington State, roads and highways account for nearly half of our greenhouse gas emissions; at the same time, we have one of the country’s highest rates of asthma. People of color are disproportionately affected by both.

For decades, local and statewide decisions about transportation investments have been made without regard to the pollution they create or its impacts on people’s health. Billions of dollars are poured into expanding highways that fail repeatedly to tame the beast of congestion while robbing communities of life-saving safety improvements and basic transit service.

What if we could pinpoint exactly how much more pollution and climate change will be generated by a new highway proposal? Would our smart, progressive legislators sit up and listen?

Front and Centered, a coalition of BIPOC groups from around the state, has joined forces with Disability Rights Washington350 WA and others, to launch a community-centered campaign to help shape transportation policy in Olympia. As part of this effort, the groups will unveil a new tool, an “induced travel calculator,” created by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), that uses peer-reviewed methods to calculate the long-term impacts of building more highways and roads, including the subsequent emissions impacts. 

Join us for an exciting community briefing with state and national leaders in transportation and climate activism to learn how you can put this tool into action to fight for more transit, safer streets, and cleaner air where you live.

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