Portland’s prominent community leaders for accessibility, equity, and transportation safety continue to step forward in support of a YES vote on Measure 26-173 for a four year, ten cent gas tax on the ballot this May.
Emblematic of these citizen advocates is Kem Marks, who sits on numerous community advisory panels for safer transportation options in Portland. "Fix Our Streets Portland provides funding for crosswalks I've asked the city to build for years. Every Portlander deserves to live in a neighborhood where they don't have to risk their life to catch a bus to work or go to the store. I'll be voting yes to Fix Our Streets this May."
Accessibility advocacy organizations Disability Rights Oregon and Community Vision agree with Kem. “We have been assured that every project included on the Fix Our Streets Portland proposal will meet nationally recognized ADA standards for safe, accessible streets,” stated Bob Joondeph, Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon. “This is an investment in an inclusive, equitable transportation system that works for every Portlander.” Sama Shagaga, the Impact and Communications Coordinator with Community Vision, adds that “Our organization supports the Fix Our Streets Portland campaign because vulnerable Portlanders of all abilities shouldn’t have to worry if crossing the street will be a life or death proposition.”
Fix Our Streets Portland continues to collect endorsements from East Portland-based community organizations, who are increasingly concerned about traffic safety. "Rosewood Initiative is endorsing the Fix Our Streets campaign because the youth in our community rely on the city for safe sidewalks, crosswalks, and pothole-free roads,” stated Jenny Glass, Rosewood’s Executive Director. “We're gravely concerned about the recent uptick in traffic fatalities on our streets, and this gas tax is an important investment in the safety of our racially and socioeconomically diverse East Portland community. We're encouraging citizens who care about East Portland to vote yes on the temporary gas tax."
Community Vision, Disability Rights Oregon, and the Rosewood Initiative join AARP - Oregon, the East Portland Action Plan, ROSE Community Development, OPAL - Environmental Justice Oregon, Oregon Walks and the Community Cycling Center in endorsing the temporary gas tax. To learn more, visit the campaign website at www.fixourstreetsportland.com.