April 30, 2015
As we prepare for Jammin' for Justice, our biggest celebration and fundraiser of the year, we'd like to highlight one of our EJ Awardees, the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC). While we coordinate YAC, this award recognizes the dedication and energy of the core member groups that fought for the Youth Pass pilot.
In 2012, the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC) was formed in response to drastic proposals to hike fares and cut service. This coalition built on and broadened the reach of the Youth Way on the MBTA campaign which was created in 2007 to work for a Youth Pass.
YAC began organizing thousands of youth for creative actions, including a 24-hour vigil outside the State House as part of a successful campaign to reduce the fare hike. With partner groups, we also secured additional and substantial MBTA funding from the Legislature in 2013. These wins solidified our coalition as a powerful force in pushing for an equitable public transit system.