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Next week at our Voices of Conscience Celebration, we’ll be spotlighting two coalitions that have achieved breakthroughs in advancing equitable regional development and winning equitable funding for California’s public schools. If you love being inspired by the power of collective action, you won’t want to miss this party.
David Zisser recently joined Public Advocates as staff attorney and the newest addition to our Metro Equity Team. As you will find out, this Pillar and Bay Area native is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with communities in his own backyard.
For a decade now, we’ve been working to eliminate disparities in public transit. We took our lead from low-income bus riders in the Bay Area, who consistently expressed alarm at cuts to bus service and unaffordable fare hikes. As those riders began to understand that their bus system could only run as much service as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) funded it to run, they drew the connection between MTC’s priority for costly capital expansion projects aimed at commuter services like BART and Caltrain, and under-funding for local bus service.
The recent announcement that Google donated $6.8M to fund the Free Muni for Low Income Youth bus pass in San Francisco has dominated local news. However, the press didn't pick up on the crucial role community leaders played in making this happen.
Few individuals in recent years have brought more national attention to the health crisis facing children in inner cities than our 2014 Voices of Conscience honoree, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. President & CEO Guillermo Mayer explains why you shouldn't miss an opportunity to meet her at our annual celebration on April 24.