The action included speakers Karen Reed, a Local 689 member and MetroAccess worker, as well as Ms. Barbara Mushette, a Metro Access rider.
“It would be a smoother ride for everybody if WMATA and First Transit would stop cutting corners and stop treating me and my fellow workers like disposable people,” said Reed about Metro Access.
“I work 13-14 hours a day 6 days a week,” Reed continued. “I make only $26,000 a year for me and my daughter to live. That makes me according to HUD ‘extremely low income’ or ‘below 30% Area Median Income’...Every month I am at the edge of a court notice of eviction.”
The crowd of 900 gave very positive reaction when Mushette, in her speech, said, “[MetroAccess bus drivers] take care of me every day, Mayor Bowser will you take care of them?"
As a part of the program, WIN also presented a platform of ending chronic homelessness, creating more humane emergency shelters and combating the proliferation of guns in the District.
Also in attendance the mayor brought the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Brenda Donald; Director of Housing and Community Development, Polly Donaldson; Deputy Budget Director, Jenny Reed; and Deputy Chief of Staff, Lindsey Parker.