For the past few years, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin has helped organize and participated in Transit Equity Day, an event that celebrates Rosa Parks’ act of resistance and the right for all to high-quality, accessible public transportation.
Held annually on her birthday, February 4th, Transit Equity Day is a nationwide event that calls for elected officials to address the need for affordable public transit and climate-safe forms of transportation. 1000 Friends of Wisconsin hosted a press conference with Senator Jeff Smith, District 31, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, and local advocates who had helped promote Transit Equity Day in 2022.
This year, events were held throughout Wisconsin and a number of mayors (including Madison, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Appleton, Neenah, and Menasha) made proclamations in support of Transit Equity Day.
Additionally, Governor Evers, released a proclamation in support of Transit Equity Day. We are proud of all the work our coalition partners have done to make local events a reality!
If you get the opportunity, elevate Transit Equity Day activity on social media and consider joining the movement next year! Nationally, the event is coordinated by the Labor Network for Sustainability. Find out more at: https://www.labor4sustainability.org/transit-equity-2022/
Recording of the Press Conference:
Eau Claire – https://www.weau.com/2022/02/04/transit-equity-day-recognized-wisconsin/
La Crosse – https://www.wiproud.com/news/transit-equity-day-celebrated-across-wisconsin/
Madison – https://www.nbc15.com/2022/02/04/transit-equity-day-celebrates-rosa-parks-her-iconic-defiance-racial-segregation/, https://www.channel3000.com/wisconsin-leaders-honor-rosa-parks-on-transit-equity-day/
Milwaukee – https://www.cbs58.com/news/wisconsin-celebrates-transit-equity-day-on-rosa-parkss-109th-birthday
Up North News – https://upnorthnewswi.com/2022/02/04/wisconsin-buses-save-a-seat-for-rosa-parks/
Wausau – https://www.wxow.com/news/top-stories/transit-equity-day-celebrates-civil-rights-pioneer-rosa-parks-and-equal-access-to-public-transportation/article_7de38456-8618-11ec-99e8-134a97096c96.html
WisPolitics – https://www.wispolitics.com/2022/1000-friends-of-wisconsin-statement-wisconsin-commemorates-rosa-parks-birthday-with-transit-equity-day/