March 02, 2015
Contact: Eric Doherty
604 877 1223

Media Release: Poverty and Social Isolation Focus of Richmond Transit Referendum Forum

For immediate release – Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Transit Referendum Forum – Monday, March 2nd 7pm

St. Joseph the Worker Parish School (Gym) 4451 Williams Rd Richmond, BC

A broad based alliance of community, labour, faith and education groups is holding a public forum on the transit referendum today in Richmond. The Metro Vancouver Alliance is mobilizing for the Yes side, and hope their social justice message will resonate with Richmond voters.

“People who are now socially isolated could participate more fully in community life with better transit,” says Maria Robinson, Metro Vancouver Alliance spokesperson. “And everyone benefits from a Yes vote for public transit. Less carbon pollution and cleaner air are things everyone should support.”

The Metro Vancouver Alliance member group Richmond Poverty Response Committee, is co-hosting the public forum.

“Low-income individuals and families need better transit to access services, food, and jobs,” says Alex Nixon of the Richmond Poverty Response Committee. “We hope that people will come out to learn more about how important the upcoming referendum is.”

Spokespeople will be available for interviews before and after the forum.

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For more information please contact:

Maria Robinson, Metro Vancouver Alliance, 778 773 2895

Alex Nixon, Richmond Poverty Response Committee, 604 616 1573

About the Organizations:

Metro Vancouver Alliance www.metvanalliance.org

Richmond Poverty Response Committee www.richmondprc.org

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