Meet the Bay Area Residents Fighting Discrimination on Public Transit
In November of 2016, while on San Francisco Bay Area’s Rapid Transit System (BART), a U.S. citizen of Iranian descent was verbally harassed by an Islamophobic passenger. The incident, which was captured on video, moved a group of Bay Area locals to start a crowdfunded poster campaign to combat xenophobic harassment on public transit.
The campaign was designed to bring awareness to discrimination and xenophobia on public transit through a series of posters that were plastered throughout BART’s trains and stations. The initiative has captured the support of BART officials, inspiring them to launch their own posters to promote inclusivity.
I wanted to make it very clear that people are welcome on BART, and anybody can ride, but we need to be respectful of each other.
Learn more about their efforts to bring more inclusivity to the San Francisco Bay Area at CityLab.