Public Transit and Macro Social Work: A Case Study – #MacroSW Chat Feb. 21, 2019

Here’s this week’s preview of our next #MacrosW chat.

Public transit is a civil right, and intersects with the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/, especially Articles 22–27. These articles sanction an individual’s economic, social and cultural rights, including healthcare (Article 25) and the right to a job (Article 23). This latter Article, on Workers’ Rights, states that every grown-up has the right to choice in employment, with a fair wage for their work. Yet too often that choice in employment, or access to transportation for healthcare, is limited by poor or nonexistent public transport.

In today’s society, with its ever-growing urban sprawl, or for those with rural residences, or for those who can not afford a car, and for people with disabilities, it is impossible to thrive without reliable transportation. And for many, that means public transportation. We need a healthy, robust public transit system to ensure that everyone can get around, regardless of race, class, disability…

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