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Unformatted text preview: iders).5 5|Page Mass Transit Affirmative BDL 1AC 3/5 This situation effects many groups and must be explicitly addressed Eric Mann et al, members of the Labor/Community Strategy Center, 2006 (Eric Mann, Kikanza Ramsey, Barbara Lott-Holland, and Geoff Ray, “An Environmental Justice Strategy for Urban Transportation”. http://urbanhabitat.org/files/ 1%20Eric%20Mann.pdf) Across the United States, federal and state transportation funds favor suburban commuters and auto owners at the cost of the urban poor, the working class, the lowest income communities of color, the elderly, high school students, and the disabled. People dependent on public transit for their transportation needs suffer dilapidated buses, long waits, longer rides, poor connections, service cuts, overcrowding, and daily exposure to some of the worst tail-pipe toxins. The movement for first-class, regional transportation systems that give priority to the transitdependent requires the mobilization of those excluded and marginalized from politics-as-usual, and will challenge the procorporate consensus. Equity demands a mass movement of funds from the highway and rail interests to bus systems, from suburban commuters, corporate developers, and rail contractors to the urban working class of color. Such a transformation will not happen—cannot happen— until a mass movement of the transit-dependent is built from the bottom up. A Transit Strategy for the Transit-Dependent In 1993, the Labor/Community Strategy Center (LCSC) in Los Angeles founded the Bus Riders Union (BRU)—now the largest multi-racial grassroots transportation group in the U.S.—with more than 3,000 members representing the roughly 400,000 daily bus rider s. The BRU’s 12 years of organizing, significant policy and legal victories, and analytical and theoretical expertise can be used as a resource for the urgent work of mass transit reconstruction in U.S. urban communities. The needs and the leadership capacity of the urban working class of color must play a central role in developing sustainable communities. We must aim to: reduce suburban sprawl; promote ecological and environmental public health; create non-racist public policy; and focus on the transportation needs of society’s most oppressed and exploited. The needs of the working class and communities of color are both an end in themselves and an essential building block of any effective organizing plan. 6|Page Mass Transit Affirmative BDL 1AC 4/5 Failure to address transportation inequality guarantees cycles of poverty Timo Ohnmacht et al, University of Applied Science and Arts, Switzerland, 2009 (Timo Ohnmacht, Hanja Maksim, Manfred Max Bergman, Ashgate Publishing Company, Mobilites and Inequatlities) In Urban Areas social inequity is evident in terms of social deprivation that may occur both caused by lack of access to mobility and as a consequence of mobility-related degredation of living conditions (e.g. caused by air pollution noise emissions etc.). Many cities in Europe still have highly stressed neighbourhoods and traffic corridors, which also have a high concentration of population groups with a low rate of motorization or who are badly serv...
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