Equity Matters – Clayton County Residents to Receive Public Transportation
Equity Matters!!! Clayton County made history on Saturday, July 5th with a 3-1 vote to place a referendum on the local November ballot that allows Clayton residents to decide on a one-cent sales tax increase for public transit. Nathaniel Smith, an activist featured on our website, A Tough Mind and Tender Heart was active in the fight for this change. The organization he founded, Partnership for Southern Equity along with others mobilized a multi-sector effort to ensure that the voices of the residents were represented. This accomplishment was both a win for equity and regional cooperation in that the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will be the administering agency if the referendum passes. Clayton residents will have a chance to ride on public transit in Clayton because a committed group of local leaders and partners chose to stand up for access and equity.
For the past three years Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) has partnered with the Clayton community and partners to put transportation equity front and center in County decision-making. Clayton’s “everyday heroes” led the way via their engagement in PSE’s Equity Organizing HUB. Partnership for Southern Equity will continue to follow their committed leadership as we work together to grow a community for equity in Clayton County.
PSE thanks both the Clayton County Commission and MARTA for working to realize fully the opportunity created with the passage of state enabling legislation championed by State Representative Mike Glanton.
The journey has not concluded. Clayton residents will require your continued support for this effort at the polls. Because of the actions of committed group of diverse leaders willing to collaborate for success we know more than ever that EQUITY IS THE ANSWER for our changing region.
TOGETHER WE PROSPER!
Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer (CEqO)
Partnership for Southern Equity