We are the shelter. We are the storm: Year-End Fundraising Campaign!

Image description: PPT Member Alisa Grishman, a white woman in a wheelchair with curly hair and a blue t-shirt, holding a sign that says “Disability rights are civil rights”. Text is overlaid on the image with a quote from her that says, “We have to care for our neighbors and be the shelter. We have to fight for them and be the storm.”

“We have to care for our neighbors and be the shelter. We have to fight for them and be the storm.” – Alisa Grishman, PPT Member

Your support for PPT will mean that more neighbors like Alisa will organize to win quality, affordable public transit in Allegheny County and across Pennsylvania. 

A note from PPT Member Alisa Grisman:

Public transit is my freedom, it enables me. My name is Alisa Grishman and I am a disability activist, wheelchair user, public transit rider, and member of Pittsburghers for Public Transit. Like tens of thousands of people across the state, my life and my independence rely on access to affordable public transit.

But public transit in PA is in trouble. Although the new federal infrastructure bill will send millions to transit agencies, it only funds infrastructure. It’s the State of Pennsylvania that’s on the line to fund the transit workers to run the essential service, and this funding will sunset at the end of this year.

No politicians are coming up with ideas to keep our systems running, and that’s why our organizing is critical. Through the Spring, we worked with hundreds across the state to build this vision for transit that moves all Pennsylvanians. Then, after months of isolation from the rest of the world, we rallied on the steps of the state capital to launch the Transit for All PA campaign!

This campaign and vision are gaining momentum. In the last 6 months we have garnered the support of more than 100 elected officials, unions, and community organizations – now we need you! Public transit is not an urban vs. rural issue. It’s not a Democrat vs. Republican issue. It’s an everyone issue. Come to a meeting, give a donation, join the next rally, get involved in this organizing force! For all that things seem grim, remember we win when we organize together.

Join this community and give  a gift of any amount—whether $5, $50, or $500—to push PPT towards our goal of raising $15,000 from 250 supporters!

Image description: Artwork made for PPT by artist Pedro Ibarra. Three people are smiling standing under a bus shelter in the rain. They have their fists raised and are holding signs for transit justice.