Action Alert: FTA Don't Whitewash Our Civil Rights!

Please click here to send an email today to FTA Chief Peter Rogoff urging his agency not to backpedal on civil rights.

The Bus Riders Union learned yesterday that the Federal Transit Administration appears poised to play along with Metro’s effort to whitewash the evidence of racial discrimination in years of bus service cuts. We must send a strong message to FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff that those who stand for civil rights around the country won’t stand for this.

FTA’s review uncovered undeniable evidence that Metro’s bus service cuts violated civil rights of thousands of bus riders. Metro is advancing the fraudulent argument that the evidence – their civil rights analyses showing that successive rounds of bus service cuts discriminated against riders of color  – should be disregarded by the FTA in its decision to find Metro in violation of civil rights regulations. Metro’s Civil Rights Department is now indicating FTA is ready to accept Metro’s argument contrary to FTA's original findings that pointed out the analyses as evidence of potential violations.

The BRU urges Administrator Rogoff not to back down from FTA’s original findings, and rule LA Metro formally in violation of federal civil rights. In the midst of transit cuts and civil rights crisis facing communities of color nationwide, a campaign of over 600 letters sent to FTA last week made it clear that people around the country are watching closely and expecting Peter Rogoff to do the right thing.

Please take action now to make sure that the Federal Transit Administration stands its ground on civil rights! 

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Peter Rogoff

Federal Transit Administration

Ray LaHood

Secretary, US Department of Transportation (DOT)

Thomas E. Perez

US Department of Justice, Vice-Attorney General for Civil Rights

Deeana Jang

Chief of Federal Coordination & Compliance, CR Division, DOJ

Dorval Carter

Federal Transit Administration, Chief Counsel

Amber Ontiveros

Office of Civil Rights, FTA

Linda Ford

Office of Civil Rights, FTA

Therese W. McMillan

FTA, Deputy Administrator

Camille M. Hazeur

Departmental Office of Civil Rights, DOT

Jackie Lewis

Departmental Office of Civil Rights, DOT