IndyCAN E-newsletter, March 2016


Regional transit will be an engine of racial economic equity

IndyCAN leaders join hands in faithful prayer as they leave the Leadership Assembly united and ready to empower change through a commitment to regional transit.

IndyCAN leaders commit to Ticket to Opportunity campaign at Leadership Assembly

Myron Wynn is an Indianapolis resident who knows the value of public transportation.

"I have two children and turned my life around after a felony conviction. In one year's time, I turned down three good jobs because I couldn't get there by bus," says Myron.

With Myron and thousands of other Indianapolisi-area residents in mind, IndyCAN teams from 23 congregations gathered at the Leadership Assembly on March 1, each one leaving having made two commitments:

  1. Reach out to the city-county councilors representing their respective neighborhoods, helping them understand why transit is an engine of racial economic equity.
  2. Build an army of bus riders and people of faith who are committed to racial equity. These individuals will drive the campaign forward, providing the voice of the voting population.

Toolkit available now

IndyCAN has compiled a toolkit for all congregation teams to use to get the conversation started about regional transit. The toolkit includes everything you'll need to carry out an organized campaig, including information about the Ticket to Opportunity platform, a guide to hosting a one-on-one, a sample agenda for a meeting with a councilor, an action plan and more. Download the Ticket to Opportunity Resource Toolkit.

Commit to transit!

It is our goal to receive commitments from 120 organizations who are willing to be part of the movement to put in place a system of opportunity that builds our shared destiny through regional transit.

We have a commitment page on the website (link coming soon) where any organization can sign on to Ticket to Opportunity. Share this page with your neighbors, fellow parishioners, friends and family, and encourage them to sign on today! Our goal is to meet this goal by March 29!


Transit kick-off meeting is
next Thursday, March 17!

The Ticket to Opportuntiy plan will be an engine of racial and economic equity that connects everyone in a shared future.

A strong regional transit system will create good jobs, help businesses grow and link isolated workers to new opportunities, health care and more. With targeted development, we can ensure that all Indy residents have best-in-the-nation access to this exciting opportunity. This campaign will build a strong region where families and businesses can thrive.

At this workgroup meeting, we will develop a grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor voter-education program focused on regional transit. Our goal is to hold 81,000 conversations in fall 2016 to move regional transit forward in the city. We are building a powerful set of community organizations committed to racial and economic equity and building healthy and vibrant communities for everyone.

The workgroup meeting is hosted by IndyCAN, Indiana Citizens' Alliance for Transit (ICAT), Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC), AARP and others.

Plan to attend!

  • Thursday, March 17
  • 12:30 to 2 p.m.
  • North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis


Experience a career that can change the world! IndyCAN is looking for two organizers: Lead Community Organizer and Bilingual Community Organizer


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