Breakthrough Communities Social Justice Film Series
One innovative strategy for regional community engagement focused on transportation justice
behalf of The City of El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee and
the League of Women Voters of West Contra Costa County, Breakthrough
Communities brought to the Cerrito Theater an Eco-Film Series that
packed the house. We screened local filmmaker, Gabriela Quiros',
documentary Tango 73: A Bus Rider's Diary. This film
illustrates the vital importance of public transportation in urban
areas by exploring one transit corridor and the people whose lives are
shaped by the bus schedule and the elements. A series of short films
engaged the audience in a riveting journey from the challenges of public
mobilization to a visionary metropolitan experience of Bogota's transit
innovations. We hope your rode your bike, and took advantage of the
Free Bike Valet Parking, or came by public transit.
screenings were followed by a panel moderated by Paloma Pavel, Ph.D.
with vigorous community dialogue engaging experts on public transit:
· Janet Abelson, former mayor of El Cerrito and transit advocate (featured in the film)
· Gabriela Quiros (the filmmaker)
· Carl Anthony (Breakthrough Communities)
· Anthony Rodgers (AC Transit Bus Driver)
· Chris Peeples (AC Transit Board Member).
event was co-sponsored by Breakthrough Communities, Earth House
Center, Marvin Gardens Real Estate, Richmond Spokes, Rialto Cinemas
Cerrito, TransForm, Genesis, Public Advocates Conference of
Minority Transportation Officials, and Transportation Action
join us for future films in this series on topics including food
justice, climate change, land use, and health equity.