The Memphis Bus Riders Union is a grassroots organization fighting for accessible, affordable, and equitable public transit in our city. Our members are people who depend on MATA and supporters, and our work is essential for highlighting the racism and classism present in Memphis’ grossly inadequate bus system.
Wanna learn about transit justice? Come to our meeting THIS Saturday, November 11, from 12 to 2 PM! This month, we’ll hear from Innovate Memphis about long-term plans for MATA, update folks on our 31 Firestone outreach, and talk about the work of riders unions across the country. We’ll meet at the Cossitt Library, 33 S. Front Street–you can get there on the #4, 12, 13, or 39 bus. Hope to see you there!
This past Friday, MBRU did a service plunge with the Kinney Economic Justice Program at Rhodes College! We took a ride on the new 31 route and talked about our work and the current state of Memphis transit. Kinney is the center for community service at Rhodes, and students work on a wide range of issues–from Hunger & Homelessness to Mentoring & Education. We look forward to working more with Rhodes students in the future!
We also got to see ourselves on the big screen at Indie Memphis! Robert Rowan followed one of our co-chairs in the middle of the 31 Crosstown campaign for his short film, “Get Off the Bus.” The whole night featured short films by Memphians that speak to the social forces affecting our city. Thanks for taking an interest in our fight! We’ll let people know if the film becomes available for public viewing.
MBRU holds meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month. If you have any questions, or you’re interested in joining our work, contact organizer Justin Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.