Values | Principles

Values

  • The Alliance for Community Transit-Los Angeles places low-income communities and communities of color at the center of the decision-making process as the Los Angeles region transforms its public transportation system and the neighborhoods, businesses, and communities around transit hubs.
  • Our coalition roots itself in economic, environmental, and racial justice.
  • We stand for the proposition that all people have the right to live their lives with dignity, to have access to a source of income that provides for their basic human needs, and to live, work, and play in a safe and healthy environment.
  • All people have the right to participate in the political decisions that affect their lives, and the low-income communities and communities of color who ride our buses, live along our rail lines, and work in our businesses should have priority in deciding our future.
  • Race, ethnicity, skin color, gender, national background, disability, sexual orientation, and English proficiency should not be determinants of economic status, life expectancy, or over-exposure to environmental toxins – nor should they be the basis of limited opportunities for success in our communities.

Principles

  • Creation of Community Transit: The ability to travel to your job, your doctor, your family is a human right and transit should be useful, affordable, and accessible for everyone.
  • Accountability of Public Dollars: Expenditure of public funds should be transparent and accountable.  Public funds should be used for public benefit, not to drive forward displacement or destroy existing low-income communities.
  • Growth of Affordable Housing: Prioritize the production and preservation of affordable housing in transit corridors for the majority of workers and core transit riders, both groups consisting mainly of extremely low-income households.
  • Community Preservation: Strengthen, enhance, and preserve low-income communities and communities of color including small businesses and local nonprofits with community-serving purposes.
  • Community Self-Determination: Low-income communities and communities of color should drive the change and the vision.
  • De-Criminalize Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color: Shift perceptions and biases from identifying low-income communities and communities of color as breeding grounds for violence and crime, to celebrating and embracing our neighborhoods’ culture and contributions.
  • End Poverty: Create high standard jobs with integrity and dignity that provide low-income people, especially those with additional barriers to employment, with a strong quality of life.
  • Community Health Improvement: Development of housing and transportation should promote community and individual health.
  • Promotion of Sustainability: Environmental challenges need to be addressed through responsible development practices that reduce air, water, and other pollution.