Help make a Difference!
LEAD brings together large numbers of people across racial, denomination and economic lines to make a difference in our neighborhoods and local decision making. Join us as we proclaim "Let justice take the LEAD!"
What does the Lord require of you?
To do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
is public transportation a civil rights issue?
Free To Ride follows LEAD, a community group in Dayton, Ohio and their four-year struggle to gain access to jobs and education by bus to a booming neighboring suburb of Beavercreek. The Beavercreek administration doesn’t want buses in their community in fear of what public buses bring into their community. What are these fears and why block buses? This clash between neighbors captures the attention and intervention from federal government. How did this problem get solved… Did it get solved. Coming Spring 2015!
The documentary was produced by Kirwan Institute and tells the story of how fixed-transit came to Beavercreek, Ohio. The issues it represents are powerful, and have catalyzed civic engagement on both sides of the issue, demonstrating the importance of actively participating in the life of your community.
More information about the Kirwan Institute can be found here.
What Makes LEAD Different?
- RTA Bus route 1 serves Beavercreek’s Fairfield Commons area. After a long struggle, public transportation is possible from Dayton into Beavercreek where there are many jobs, services and healthcare.
- Employment Re-entry for Ex-offenders The City of Dayton and Montgomery County passed “Ban the Box” ordinances which will put a criminal record statement at the end of the hiring process rather than at the top of the application form.
- Family Bus Pass In 2012 over 6,000 passes (50,00 riders) were sold. This program is still going strong, saving low-income families 40% on transportation costs.
- Pay Day Lending Interest rates have been reduced from 391% to 28%. Half of payday lending stores in Ohio have closed since LEAD joined a coalition to help pass payday lending legislation.
- Vacant Housing The City of Dayton was planning on tearing down only 70 vacant and dilapidated houses. Because much more was needed, LEAD pushed the city and over 600 were taken down.
- Living Wage Paying employees a living wage is still a requirement for companies with over $100,000 a year in business in the City of Dayton. This ordinance, The Dayton Economic Attraction Program was renewed after its initial 5 years.
- Liquor License LEAD gained commitments from the city to be notified when a new liquor application would be submitted in certain oversaturated neighborhoods. For example, LEAD helped Macedonia Baptist Church stop another liquor store from opening at Third and Gettysburg.