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Transit Is a Social Justice Issue in the 2020 Election

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Democratic candidate for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. (Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is running in a Maryland Democratic congressional primary next Tuesday. She’s speaking powerfully and poignantly about a range of economic and social and racial justice issues facing the city of Baltimore, the state of Maryland and the United States: “deep levels of inequality,” “untold grief and mental anguish on the part of African Americans” over police brutality, and “the undermining of democratic norms” by Donald Trump. And she is talking about transit.

“Transit is absolutely a social justice issue,” says the former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, who has to a far greater extent than most candidates running this year put time and energy into speaking about mass transportation issues in the way they should be discussed. “When people have to take two, three, four buses to get to the places they need to get to—to work, to school, to care for a family member—that undermines their prospects. There need to be more people in Congress who understand why we have to have reliable public transportation.”

She’s right. Transportation policy is so frequently neglected by so many candidates […]

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