Join us in asking President Obama to enforce Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which gives him the power to cut off federal funds from any agency using them in a racially discriminatory manner. He has not done this in virtually any cases and is not sufficiently investigating government agencies to determine their compliance.1
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority has violated the civil rights of a half-million bus riders, 75% of them black or Latino, by cutting 1 million hours of bus service and raising monthly bus passes to $72 while giving away public funds to rail developers and contractors.
Click here to tell the President of the United States that this calls for enforcement of the law.
The Bus Riders Union and Public Advocates brought a civil rights suit under Title VI to the Federal Transit Administration, which whitewashed the MTA's violations.
Join us in urging President Obama to enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by cutting off federal funding for the MTA until it restores service.
The President should order a thorough investigation of racist policies at the MTA and in all government agencies receiving federal funding.
In 2001 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that civil rights groups could not bring cases under Title VI -- only the President could. The President should urge Congress to introduce and pass a new civil rights bill with strong Title VI provisions that would allow civil rights groups to once again file cases.
Let him know.
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1. Eric Mann, The Nation: The Battle Over Buses in Los Angeles
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