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Labor Network for Sustainability Presents: Transit Equity Day

Steve Ongerth

Transit Equity Day | Labor Network for Sustainability

Transit Equity Day is 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 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 just transition requires that we uphold worker and civil rights. This means that everyone should have the right and access to free (or at least affordable) public transportation regardless of age, race, or class. It also includes supporting the rights of workers to organize in the sectors that will build, operate and maintain public transportation infrastructure, as well as provide the services.

We also want to promote the principle of public vs. private investment in public transportation – the need for public resources and infrastructure (public transportation, public regulation of our energy systems, a stronger public sector overall, etc.), to lead and administer the transition to fossil fuel free public transportation.

[1] Rosa Parks’ Birthday is February 4 and falls on a Sunday. Because of this, we are choosing Monday, February 5 as the day of action.


This Organizing Toolkit will provide you with 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.


  • “What You Can Do”
  • Op-Ed Template
  • Draft Resolution
  • Graphics and Social Media
  • Informational Palm Card
Download Toolkit

(ATU is one of the co-sponsors).

Get in Touch
For more information and ways to stay informed on the upcoming day of action contact

E: transitequityday@labor4sustainability.org

P: (424) 243-6543

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