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Making National Connections
On August 7th, MBRU Co-Chair and MATA Board Member, Shelia Williams, was featured along with other transit justice leaders from around the nation on a national audio conference at 2pm CST to discuss strategies for connecting people to work through expanding public transit. Be on the lookout for our follow up report on the conference.
To read more about Shelia's journey to the MATA Board, check out this Commercial Appeal article.
MATA Bus Riders Transit Plan
In July, MBRU began the process of gathering input for a Bus Riders Transit Plan. MATA will be presenting service changes, cuts and potentially, fare hikes this fall. MBRU will simultaneously provide a riders plan, with recommendations for new routes in underserved neighborhoods, shelters and other transit infrastructure. Through August we'll be hitting the road, surveying riders’ needs and talking with neighborhood groups to gather the input needed for a rider-focused transit plan. We want to be sure that as plans for service changes develop, MATA is informed by the knowledge and experience of riders.
A Tragic Loss
The Storyteller as Activist
On Tuesday, July 29th, Elaine Blanchard shared her gifts, skills, and passion with participants of the workshop, The Storyteller as Activist, as she revealed how the effectiveness of storytelling is in the listening and connection we make with others. Activists have stories to tell, stories rooted in a need for justice. As Elaine says, "As we become a community of storytellers, we improve our relationships and construct a safer place for all of us to call home."
We are very thankful for this collaboration. Stay tuned for future workshops with Elaine. You can learn more about her and her work here.
Upcoming Workshop, September 11th
Founding and Funding Your Grassroots Group
Led by former MSPJC Director, Jacob Flowers
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn the process, skills and actions you can use to establish and financially sustain your grassroots organization. The session will begin with an in-depth look at the mission, vision and values from which you are organizing, and end with concrete actions that you can take to fund your work sustainably over the long term.
Memphis United is a coalition of organizations working on criminal justice reform and police accountability.
The Will Hudson Transit Center, also known as the North End Terminal or “NET”, is MATA’s most used transit hub. 23 of MATA’s 31 routes begin at the NET, which was built in 1998. The terminal serves as more than just a place to transfer or wait for your bus. You can buy your monthly pass, converse with fellow riders, and access critical information about service changes. The NET has working pay phones, plenty of seating and bathroom facilities. It also provides climate-controlled shelter from severe Memphis weather - the sweltering hot summers or freezing rainy winters - a protection that most bus shelters simply don’t provide.
This month we welcome Ace F. Madjlesi as the new Associate Director of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Ace joins us from the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis, where her work focused on issues such as HIV/AIDS, child care, transportation, infant mortality, and teen pregnancy in Shelby County. Ace has previously served the MSPJC as the Coordinator of the H.O.P.E. Women's Caucus and a Board Member. We are confident that Ace's boundless energy, keen organizational skills, and well-stocked candy drawer will help take the MSPJC to great new places. Welcome aboard, Ace!
The Memphis United Coalition is hosting a series of Town Hall Forums regarding the recently reinstated Civilian Law Enforcement Board(C.L.E.R.B.) in Memphis.
Check out this video of highlights from the District 8 Forum and make plans to attend an upcoming forum near you!
Highlight Reel: http://ow.ly/yFEs8