With luck this will spread throughout Salem congregations and service and civic organizations and create a pressure on local governments to recognize that having a crippled-from-birth, half-funded transit system is not just an economic burden for a huge number of Salem's most vulnerable people but also an injustice that demands the attention of any person or group concerned with fairness and equity in Salem.
Adopted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, Oregon, May 4, 2014
Each person has a fundamental right to participate fully in social, civic, economic, and religious life of their community that should not require or be conditioned on ownership or access to use of an automobile,
Public transit is essential for providing the young, the old, the disabled, and the economically challenged with the ability to participate,
Salem's transit system fails to support full participation by all its residents, denying this fundamental right,
As concerned residents and religious communities in Salem, we call upon the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments members to
Recognize the denial of this fundamental right to participate, and to
Direct public resources to ensure that this region offers its residents a fully functional transit system that allows them the ability to participate fully in all aspects of life in this community without regard to economic status.