By: MBRU | January 21, 2016

"Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort from the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice." -MLK

Photo Credit Tim Wheat, Organizer with Memphis Center For Independent Living

Hundreds of people joined us on Monday the 18th for MLK Day as we celebrated the life of Dr. King and raised his demands for racial and economic justice. In the spirit of Dr. King we used the march to highlight transportation racism as reflected in the current #BusCrisis.  

We know of at least five buses that caught on fire in the past year due to lack of funds for maintenance and new buses. Yet we see millions in transportation dollars being set aside on all levels of government for costly trolleys and downtown development projects. In addition to catching on fire, buses are overcrowded and breaking down on a daily basis. These are unacceptably dangerous conditions that thousands of working families endure daily to keep this city running. We are demanding respect for MATA drivers and riders through fully funding public transit in this years budget proposals.

Photo credit: Andrea Morales http://www.andreamoralesphoto.com/#0

We thank Andrea Morales for beautifully capturing the energy of the day! Check out her website to see more great work: http://www.andreamoralesphoto.com/#0

Photo credit: Andrea Morales http://www.andreamoralesphoto.com/#0

Stay tuned and get involved! Join us at our next meeting this Feb. 13th! 

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