Magazine article Poverty & Race

Wade Henderson

Magazine article Poverty & Race

Wade Henderson

Article excerpt

The American Dream is premised on the bedrock of equal opportunitythe ideal that those who live in the United States should have equal access to quality education, employment, housing, and certainly transportation, which most directly affects access to all of those things. That's why The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is committed to seeking greater equity in transportation policy and mobility for all people.

When decisions are made about transportation resources and funding, those decisions are rarely made in consultation with or in consideration of low-income people who tend to rely heavily on public transportation as their main access to services. Not surprisingly, transportation spending programs do not benefit all populations equally; and the negative impacts of some transportation decisions - dissecting neighborhoods of low-income families and people of color, physically isolating them from needed services and businesses, and disrupting once-stable communities, among other things-are broadly felt and have lasting effects.

In many ways, the current fight to end these injustices is a continuation of the struggle that an earlier generation of civil rights champions fought to end segregated transportation policies. …

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