Activists are charging the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority with violating the civil rights of a half-million bus riders, 75 percent 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. Consequently, community groups are calling on President Obama to employ Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which gives the executive branch of the US government the power to cut off federal funds from any agency that employs federal funding in a racist or discriminatory manner.
President Obama has thus far made little use of his power under Title VI. Compounding the problem, civil rights organizations have found their work seriously hampered by a Supreme Court decision that ruled that they could not sue under Title VI unless Congress wrote a law explicitly stating otherwise.
Join us in partnership with the Labor/Community Strategy Center's Fight for the Soul of the Cities campaign and urge the Obama administration and Congress to enforce the Civil Rights Act. Lawmakers must conduct a thorough investigation of federally funded agencies and introduce a new Civil Rights bill with strong Title VI provisions that would allow civil rights groups to once again file cases.
LBJ signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964
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