From Community Labor United <[email protected]>
Subject Governor Baker must appoint EJ community nominee to rider seat on the new MBTA Board
Date August 19, 2021 3:10 PM
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Dear allies,

We did it! Thanks to people like you speaking out, the Public Transit Public Good Coalition won our demand for the new MBTA Board to include a worker representative as well as a rider from the environmental justice (EJ) communities that depend heavily on transit. Mass AFL-CIO President Tolman has already forwarded the names of three labor nominees ([link removed]) to the Governor.

But the fight is not over! Now, we need Governor Baker to ensure the EJ rider seat is filled with someone who truly represents EJ communities.

In a recent op-ed ([link removed]) , community organizations – GreenRoots and Chinese Progressive Association – joined voices with the public transit champion, Rep. Adrian Madaro, to call on Governor Baker to appoint one of EJ community groups’ nominees for the seat on the new MBTA board.

“Environmental justice communities ([link removed]) are those places with large populations of people of color, low-income people, and people whose first language is not English. People in EJ communities tend to rely most on public transit — which was plainly evident during the pandemic ([link removed]) … .”

Their op-ed ([link removed]) details the recommendation of two qualified candidates to the new MBTA Board – Khalida Smalls and Rafael Mares. Both of these candidates have served to improve the quality of life for working families and MBTA riders, and are proven leaders in our communities.

Take two minutes to call to leave a message for Governor Baker, telling him to listen to EJ groups and the Public Transit Public Good Coalition and appoint Khalida Smalls or Rafael Mares to the MBTA Board. You can reach the Governor at (617) 725-4005 or (888) 870-7770.

Visit ([link removed]) to learn more and get involved.

In solidarity,
Public Transit Public Good Coalition

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