Over the last few years, leaders of statewide, Latino-led nonprofit La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles have organized around the Cedar Ave. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, working to create a transit line that better serves the Latino community and all low-income communities along Cedar Ave.
This has included weekly informational door knocks, community discussions, and meetings with decision-makers, including the area’s Metropolitan Council representative Steve Chavez, and the Minnesota and US Department of Transportation Commissioners. They have also been working with local leaders and elected officials.
We have come to learn that, through door knocking in manufactured home communities and apartment complexes, that too many people do not even know that there is a bus line they can take. Those who do know about the line say taking the Cedar Ave. bus line hasn’t made their traveling between work, school, the doctor, and the grocery store any easier.
This means that Latino community voice absolutely must be heard as discussions are had and decisions are made regarding transit along the Cedar Ave Corridor, in Dakota County, and across the State of Minnesota. A more accessible Cedar Ave. BRT means the Latino community can access it, whether it’s the currently closed BRT stops in their neighborhoods or content provided in Spanish for their use.
La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles is a statewide, faith-based non-profit organization which organizes immigrants from predominantly Latino congregations to build power for changes in the immigration system and the underlying political and economic structures behind it.