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Frontline communities in Washington State are fighting against the business-as-usual expansion of highways and organizing to build a healthier and more equitable transportation system. We are calling on Washington State Legislators to join us to create a Just Transition away from fossil fuels and transform transportation in Washington from a dirty engine of inequality to a catalyst for clean jobs and opportunity.

People’s needs too often get left out of the planning, funding, construction, and maintenance of transportation systems. This is why Front and Centered has worked with our members, including the Yakima Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, and our allies Disability Rights Washington and 350 Washington to develop a Transportation Bill of Rights that puts people at the center of our decisions. Regardless of our race, age, gender, disability, income and where we live we all deserve transportation where:

  1. No one dies or is seriously injured traveling on state roads, streets, and sidewalks
  2. Every household can access groceries within 20 minutes without a car
  3. No one today is harmed by pollution or noise from transportation
  4. Protection from the climate crisis today for future generations
  5. All trips less than one mile are easily and enjoyably achieved by non-vehicle travel including for people with disabilities
  6. No household should spend more than 45% of its income on housing, transportation, and energy
  7. Every child who wants to can bike, walk, or roll safely to school
  8. Transit service is frequent and spans the day and night so people can get to work and come back
  9. The pursuit of happiness does not require a car
If you stand for transportation equity, join frontline communities and organizations around the state and endorse our Transportation Bill of Rights!
Endorse the Transportation Bill of Rights
We’re following in the footsteps of activists like those who came to be known as the Seattle freeway revolt starting back in the 1950s who fought for years to halt new highway construction that would have displaced thousands, especially people of color and low-income people. We honor and continue their struggle today.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on November 15, for a screening of the powerful Ramps to Nowhere (Freeway Revolt), a film about the successful fight against highway expansion throughout Seattle – watch the film trailer.

Afterwards, we held a discussion captured in this video with people who were a part of that struggle, and those who continue this vital work today, including Larry Gossett and Na’eem Shareef, both original members of the Seattle Black Panther Party, Sol Dressa of Move Redmond, Ramps to Nowhere Film Director Minda Martin, and moderated by TraeAnna Holiday of King County Equity Now.

To support transportation equity, take action today to endorse our Transportation Bill of Rights, let us know how you want to get more involved, and join us for upcoming trainings to get ready for the 2022 Legislative Session (more details to come):

  • Intro to Just Transition in Transportation – December 9 at 6pm
    Register here
  • Advocating for a Just Transition in the 2022 Legislative Session – December 16 at 12pm
    Register here
  • Intro to Just Transition in Transportation – December 17 at 12pm (in Spanish)
    Register here

Find out more about our Just Transition for Transportation advocacy.

In Solidarity,

Paulo Nunes-Ueno
Transportation Lead

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