Community justice and transportation

In November 2017, the Community Justice Film Series gathered community members together to talk about how transportation affects community justice. The ability to freely move about and access jobs, food, and other services, is a vital piece to living a full, healthy life. Transportation, whether public or private, is far too often focused on those who can easily access various modes of transportation, leaving those who rely on public transportation with little choice and often the most unreliable options. Learn more about how this issue relates to community justice by reading the op-ed published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch by film series partners. 

Approximately 40 community members discussed this topic and came up with a variety of community-driven solutions at the local union hall after watching the following short film.

111,000 Monroe County residents live below the poverty line. 68,000 people in the city of Rochester (including over 50% of children) live in poverty. This film by Rochester Street Films focuses on the lives of three Rochesterians; Cee Cee, Nassir, and Eve as they give us a firsthand look at what life is like when you can barely afford to buy a bus pass, much less a car.

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Many times, when people think of community justice, transportation isn’t the first thing that comes to mind; rather wealth, opportunity, and privilege distribution. Yet when you consider these characterizations and how limited access or simple lack of transportation plays out, we learn that transportation must be intimately woven into the community justice conversation.
— Al-Qadaffi, Estes, Johnson, and Wentz, Op-Ed published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Nov 2017


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