For Immediate Release
Contact: Rev. Brian Herron 612-590-4749 or Mel Reeves 651-403-0338
TWIN CITIES BLACK CLERGY TO APPEAL TO FELLOW CHRISTIAN LEGISLATORS TO RECONSIDER PROPOSED DRASTIC TRANSIT CUTS
What: Press conference highlighting the devastating impact that Metro Transit cuts proposed by the Minnesota Legislature will have on the Black community and other Communities of Color in the Twin Cities & urging fellow Christian legislators to use HOLY WEEK to reconsider their potentially harmful actions.
When: Thursday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.
Who: Bishop Richard Howell, Shiloh Temple Church (north Mpls); Pastor Brian Herron, Zion Baptist Church (north Mpls); Pastor Billy Russell, Friendship Baptist Church (south Mpls); other clergy from around the Twin Cities & Transportation Forward coalition members.
Where: The Route #5 Bus Stop corner of Emerson and Broadway Avenue in North Mpls (across from Sammy’s Avenue Eatery, 1101 W. Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN)
The budget cuts proposed by the Minnesota legislature to Metro Transit would force them to cut service by as much as 40 percent and could lead to significant fare increases. Cutting badly needed routes and decreasing bus and train frequency and service hours will have a devastating impact on the Northside and Southside communities, as well as on St. Paul and other communities across the metro.
This is Holy Week for Christians, so Black Pastors and Ministers and others primarily from the Northside Minneapolis community, are seeking to appeal to fellow Christians in the House and Senate, asking them to reassess and consider the consequences of their efforts to cut transit. Instead, the state legislature should increase funding for Metro Transit, which is essential for many residents.
The cuts would fall particularly hard on the financially vulnerable as well as the elderly, disabled, and the transit dependent. It would also make it more difficult for many parishioners to attend service and force hardship on those who use the bus and the light rail to get to and from work and or school.