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Models for effective citizen engagement!
In that spirit, please check out Together BR's list of 2016 accomplishments.
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Other Together BR Accomplishments
- Won a dedicated revenue source for public transit, which tripled the transit system's budget and trip times in half.
- Won $1 million in state funding for the Healthy Food Retail Act, to bring grocery stores to low-income communities with no access to healthy food.
- Winning reform the first major reform of the Industrial Tax Exemption Program in 80 years.
- Defeated the most regressive tax swap in Louisiana history.
- Won Medicaid expansion, bringing health insurance coverage to 300,000 Louisiana residents.
- Helped defeat the St. George breakaway.
- Brought oversight and accountability to the appointment of CATS board appointments.
- Won an increase in the state cigarette tax, generating $189 million for healthcare.
- Won the reconstruction of the Blue Grass Bridge in the Glen Oaks community.
- Won traffic and rail safety reforms in Scotlandville.
- Won a new bus route to a health clinic in North Baton Rouge
- Trained more than 2,000 community leaders in leadership and organizing
- Founded the EBR Food Access Policy Commission
- Helped win federal regulations to reform predatory lending
- Delivered fresh fruit and produce to more than 50,000 people (through TBR Mobile Food Pantry, founded with Greater BR Food Bank)
- Led civic academy campaigns on access to healthcare, the state budget and tax structure inequities, education, mass incarceration, payday lending, hospital closures, the environment, work and wages and cancer in Louisiana.
- Co-founded Together Louisiana (with sister organizations)
- Co-founded the EBR Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Transit (with Baton Rouge Area Chamber)
- Led reflection series on Pope Francis’ “Joy of the Gospel” (with Catholic Diocese)
- Led “Contextual Scripture Study” with 500 participants (with Episcopal Diocese and Trinity Episcopal Wall Street)
- Built the largest and most diverse citizens’ organization in the history of Baton Rouge.