SEPTA Meeting Action Report Back

Thanks to all of you who helped us draft the Bill of Rights, who signed it, and who showed up on the 15th or helped get other people to attend the SEPTA meeting with us, we had about 25 supporters who came out to hold signs in the audience and present the Bill of Rights to SEPTA.

At the meeting we unfurled a 6-foot long copy of the Bill of Rights and presented it to the SEPTA personnel and officials there before the start of their public Capital Budget Planning meeting. This was just an initial unveiling of the Bill of Rights to show SEPTA that we haven’t gone away on this issue and plan to continue to build support to pressure them to change the M/F gender sticker. We plan to bring the Bill of Rights to more elected officials and people in a position to pressure SEPTA to change their policies.

Here’s some of the news coverage we got:

KYW:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2010/12/15/group-says-gender-stickers-on-septa-passes-are-an-affront/

Fox 29 News:

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/news/local_news/septa-riders-group-declare-their-rights

More Pictures, taken by RAGE member Kaytee Riek:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/riekhavoc/sets/72157625479615051/detail/

We’ve also had great support so far from organizations and elected officials who’ve signed on to the Bill of Rights:

Babette Josephs, State Representative
Myra Taska, President, PFLAG
Nurit Shein, Executive Director, Mazzoni Center
Steve Duffy, Executive Director, Mountain Meadow
Elicia Gonzales, Executive Director, GALAEI
Kevin Burns, Executive Director, Action AIDS
Michael Hinson, Former Liason for LGBT Communities, City of Philadelphia COLOURS, Inc.
Megumi Kanada, Member, Hot Pot!
Gregory Walker, The Brothers’ Network
Sister Mary Scullion, Executive Director, Project HOME
Leila Fusfield, President, Peace Advocacy Network
Chris Liang, Queer Philadelphia Asians
Leo Watts, Coordinator, TMAN
Shayna Israel & Adrienne Williams, Co-Executive Directors, Elements Organization (Women of Color Conference)
Lawrence Frazier, The House of Blahnik
Chris Alston, President, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride
Marc Berman, Chair, Philadelphia Family Pride
Roberta Gallaway, Sanasis
Patricia Way, Women’s Program Fellow, American Friends Service Committee
Andrea Harrington & Lawrence Frazier, Community Advisory Managers, COLOURS, Inc.
Casey Cook, Executive Director, Bread and Roses Fund
Rev. Jeff Jordan, MCC Church
Carolyn Thomspon, Principal, CTThomspon Consulting
Denise Brown, Executive Director, Leeway Foundation

Thanks again for all your support, and stay tuned to this blog in the New Year to hear about our next steps!

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