By Jessica Treat, Executive Director
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Protesters gather outside the Minnesota Governor’s mansion in the wake of Philando Castile’s death. Police shot and killed Castile during a traffic stop on July 7. Credit: Andrea Kiepe / Transit for Livable Communities.
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Here at Transit for Livable Communities, we are saddened and angered by the recent shooting death of Philando Castile. We send our sympathy and stand with his family and friends. This continuing loss of life in black communities is intolerable. The fact that this shooting took place in a vehicle highlights that for people of color the freedom to travel freely and safely is not yet fully realized.
For our communities to be livable, we need our public spaces to be safe for everyone. We cannot strengthen community, improve health and opportunity for all people, foster a sound economy, and protect our natural resources — as our mission dictates — if our infrastructure, law enforcement, and public policies treat certain groups of people unfairly and inequitably.
We are committed to improving our approach to advocating for a better transportation system for all. Our mission makes this explicit. We will continue to look for ways that we can help be a part of the solution.
We know many of our members are looking for ways that they can show support and solidarity. We urge you to take a look at the events for Black Bike Week on our calendar or on the Facebook page for Black Bike Week TC 2016 as community bike rides and other solidarity events are planned.