Member Briefing: Why Your Work Benefits from Strong Transit

Thursday, November 12, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am CST

With the ongoing crisis of COVID, the mounting climate emergency and our long history of racial injustice reaching yet-another boiling point, transit can seem like a tangential issue. Yet improving transit is critical to addressing these injustices: it provides a needed service for essential workers, it supplies a proven and critical solution to car-based pollution and it serves disproportionately large numbers of riders from BIPOC communities.

And the benefits of transit aren’t limited to pressing issues like climate action, racial justice and public health. More and better transit is key to solving Minnesota’s most intractable challenges—from health to housing, from education to conservation, from economic justice to accessibility.

Join the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, McKnight Foundation and nonprofit advocate Move Minnesota for a conversation about how transit advances key intersectional issues in the Twin Cities area, and the role of foundations and nonprofits in creating change. We’ll take a closer look at how the inequities inherent in our current car-focused transportation system create or worsen other problems, and talk about the interdependence of systems change and provision of transit service.

This briefing is for MCF members. Log-in details will be provided in your confirmation email.

Presenters include:

  • Pahoua Yang Hoffman, Senior Vice President of Community Impact, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
  • Sam Rockwell, Executive Director, Move Minnesota
  • Elissa Schufman, Donor and Funder Relations Manager, Move Minnesota
  • Brendon Slotterback, Program Officer - Midwest Climate & Energy, McKnight Foundation
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