Transit Justice

AIM is working with our Metro IAF affiliates across the DMV (AIM, BUILD, PATH, VOICE, and WIN), and with the Amalgamated Transit Union, to stand up for Civil Rights for riders and workers across the region. Metro IAF represents 500,000 people across the DMV, and we are bringing our power to a civil rights issue that will shape the region for generations to come.

Together, we are demanding $1Billion to fix the Metro bus & rail system. Our plan supports a form of dedicated funding and demands: more accessible affordable transit, middle-class jobs over working-poor jobs, & affordable housing on WMATA land. Click here to read more about our proposal around WMATA funding.

Click here to read our coverage of our 400 person Action for Transit Justice on May 7th. The action was the first regional action between all 5 IAF affiliates in the DMV, and was done in partnership with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689.

To learn more, contact Cynthia Marshall at cynthia@actioninmontgomery.org or 443-433-8054.

Photos credited to VOICE leader George Duncan.

In the News

AIM 5k Walk to Support Dream Academy Expansion

Join us for a fun afternoon to raise money for AIM to expand the Dream Academy–affordable after school programming to Montgomery County’s highest needs schools. It’s a fun afternoon and a pretty walk along Sligo Creek with plenty of friends from AIM and our congregations and schools. Get friends, family and neighbors to sponsor you to have even more impact!

REGISTER ONLINE HERE–once you register, friends and family can sponsor you online!

Click Here for a form you can use to sign up sponsors in person

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AIM Seniors Fight for Pensions for WMATA Workers–Montgomery Sentinel

“No matter what field you’re in, an employee with a good salary [and] benefits is a better employee and able to deliver better services,” Madaleno said. “Do you want a happy, focused bus driver driving 35 people around, or do you want an unhappy, distracted bus driver?”

About 75 people, many of them seniors, attended the news conference, which was hosted by local community organization Action in Montgomery at Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg. AIM spokesperson Cynthia Marshall said the seniors traveled from retirement communities in the county to support their local bus drivers.

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WAMU–It Takes A Village: Silver Spring Community Effort Helps Rid Apartments Of Mold

More than a year after joining forces and eliciting help from community groups and the Montgomery County Council, the mostly immigrant tenants of Northwest Park Apartments are celebrating a small victory. This summer, Kay Apartment Communities began the process of replacing all of the windows in the 75-building complex on Ames Road, a move that will hopefully eliminate the mold and mildew that has plagued the complex.

Katie Ashmore, an organizer with Action in Montgomery (AIM), who helped the tenants organize, said the $2 million project is a key step in preventing the high levels of humidity in the apartments that caused the mold to grow to return after the treatment.

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“New Windows Symbolize New Hope for Silver Spring Apartment Tenants” Bethesda Magazine

“Many of us were afraid to speak up, ask for better service, or push back against unjust policies,” Velasquez said to a group of neighbors and reporters. “We feared coming home, seeing the eviction notice stuck to our door.

Now, tenants say they’re seeing results thanks to their persistence, their decision to form a tenants association and the help of allies at Action in Montgomery and St. Camillus Catholic Church in Silver Spring. Kay replaced all the washers and dryers in the complex, established a new policy for treating mold and agreed to install new windows in Northwest Park. The project to install more than 4,100 new windows will take four years and cost about $2 million, according to AIM organizer Katie Ashmore, but residents expressed a sense of victory this week after work began on the first seven buildings.

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