Still Struggling to Make Ends Meet 2022: A report on living wages in Washington State

Over the last two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has triggered many changes in American life, but workers in Washington State and across the country continue to face difficulties making ends meet. Hazard pay premiums for essential workers have temporarily boosted worker pay, but inflation through February 2022 was at its highest rate since 1982, erasingContinue reading “Still Struggling to Make Ends Meet 2022: A report on living wages in Washington State”

Press Release: Groups Call for Philanthropy to Support Public Transit & Mobility

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 4, 2022  Contact: Doug Gordon | doug@upshiftstrategies.com More Than 35 Civil Rights, Environmental, Transportation And Philanthropic Leaders Call On Climate Funders To Re-Think Their Giving And Invest More In Clean Transportation To Curb Greenhouse Gasses  Today, more than 35 leading climate justice, environmental, civil rights and philanthropic leaders called onContinue reading “Press Release: Groups Call for Philanthropy to Support Public Transit & Mobility”

‘The crossroads between climate and equity’: Advocates push for transit justice

Grassroots organizers look to seize the momentum of the infrastructure legislation and heightened awareness of equity issues to improve public transportation access. Q&A by Dan Zukowski at SmartCitiesDive With the Black Lives Matter movement heightening awareness of racial and social inequities, and with the recent challenges facing essential workers who rely on public transit, theContinue reading “‘The crossroads between climate and equity’: Advocates push for transit justice”

400 Years of Racism & Resistance in Virginia

Alliance for a Just Society creates workshops and educational sessions to develop the capacity of movement leaders and staff. Our 400 Years of Racism & Resistance in Virginia workshop uses history to help participants understand the nature of systemic racism and the opportunities to challenge it today. On October 21, Libero Della Piana, AJS SeniorContinue reading “400 Years of Racism & Resistance in Virginia”

This Isn’t a Sprint, It’s a Long-Distance Race

Executive Director of the Alliance for a Just Society, LeeAnn Hall was recently a guest on The Movement Podcast. She reminds us that it is people’s lived experiences that help define what barriers to access exist and highlights the importance of community leadership to illuminate the solutions. The Movement · 127 This Isn't a Sprint,Continue reading “This Isn’t a Sprint, It’s a Long-Distance Race”

Build Back Better With More Bus Service

Build Back Better with More Bus Service from NACTO on Vimeo. Recently, Executive Director LeeAnn Hall participated in a panel hosted by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). The panel discussed how federal support for transit operations can transform communities and how funding operations is critical to “Building Back Better” and meeting Biden’sContinue reading “Build Back Better With More Bus Service”

Racism and Capitalism are Intertwined: An interview with Libero Della Piana

Q: When so many African Americans are brutalized and murdered by the police, how do you explain the powerful wave of anger sparked by the death of George Floyd?

I think there is always a breaking point for oppression. We have reached the breaking point. Black people have learned to live with the outrage, with constant harassment, jail, and death. Often times the police killings are localized and isolated. They don’t make it to the national consciousness. The first time that reality changed was with the Rodney King beating in 1992. Black people knew the experience of police harassment and brutality, but to millions of Americans, it could be ignored or dismissed. Then suddenly it was on camera. Then as now, we assumed the evidence of police crimes on tape would lead to justice. When they didn’t in the case of Rodney King, Los Angeles erupted. Now, nearly 30 years later the killing of George Floyd has ignited the anger of the whole country in an unprecedented way.

VIDEO: COVID, Voting Rights & the Public Good

The photos of thousands of Wisconsin voters wearing masks and socially distancing while lining up to vote in last month’s primary election is one of the starkest images of the current pandemic. The image also embodies one of the main questions for the United States in the months to come: How will COVID-19 impact the NovemberContinue reading “VIDEO: COVID, Voting Rights & the Public Good”