April 4, 2018

“' Free to Ride' -- a movie about Bus Access to Opportunities in Beavercreek,” 
     by The Ohio State University Kirwan Institute,
                      plus a panel for discussion

     NOTE: This meeting will last until 1:00 p.m.
         (Reminder: 9:00 - Social hour; 9:30 - Business meeting until about 10:15;
                   10:15 - Break; 10:30 - Program until 11:30; 11:30 - Break;
                    Noon - Film until 1:00 pm)

Beavercreek Women’s League is hosting a public meeting to review the effects of adding RTA buses to Pentagon Blvd on Wednesday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church.  There will be a panel discussion from 10:30-11:30.  Then there will be a break, but at 12 noon the award winning “Free to Ride” film produced by the Kirwan Institute of Ohio State University will be shown (free of charge). 

RTA buses have been serving Beavercreek for several years, near Clark State and the Fairfield Commons Mall on Pentagon Blvd in northern Beavercreek.  It was a controversial, decision-making process.  There were many stakeholders.  It was complex and there were some “blind spots”.  There are winners and losers in every decision, because decisions provoke change. 

The moderator for the session will be Dr. Glen Duerr, a Beavercreek resident and professor of political science at Cedarville University. Bringing the film from the Kirwan Institute will be Dr. Zachary Kenitzer, a postdoctoral researcher for the study of race and ethnicity.  Dr. Kenitzer gets requests for the film weekly and has been taking the film to many venues around the USA for review and discussion.  

This program will show the documentary film produced by the Kirwan Institute about the RTA application for bus stops near the Fairfield Commons Mall, Soin Medical Center, Clark State College, and the Dayton STEM School -- all situated on Pentagon Blvd at that time. The film will last an hour. There will be an opportunity to stay until noon for a discussion. This 2016 film has won awards and is being shown across the USA. The documentary talks about civil rights. It talks about Beavercreek as part of the Miami Valley Region, and access to jobs. Some Beavercreek residents are still against public transportation.  

The saga began in 2009 when RTA submitted an application to install bus stops in accordance with established policies in Beavercreek. It was a hard decision for City Council. Every decision has many stakeholders. Policymakers must carefully sort through many factors. NIMBY (“Not in My Back Yard”), is a colloquialism signifying one’s opposition to the locating of something considered undesirable in one’s neighborhood for fear of its negative consequences. 

You are invited to come and see the award-winning film that is currently being shown around the USA to talk about current civil rights in the USA. Because Beavercreek is the “laboratory”, many of you will want to come and think about the decision-making process and how our Beavercreek is being showcased at  workshops, film fests, and conferences. Come and broaden your understanding of what happened. Bring other community-minded friends! 

The Beavercreek Women’s League (BWL) meets on the first Wednesday of the month from September through May at Peace Lutheran Church with a different program each month.  The mission of the group is to expand members’ knowledge of their community and beyond, to promote community service and to provide socialization.  Women of all ages and interests are welcome.  The public is invited.

Questions may be e-mailed to beavercreekwomensleague@gmail.com or you may leave a message at 937-985-4BWL (4295).
If Beavercreek City Schools are canceled due to inclement weather, the meeting is also canceled; however, school delays do not alter the planned meeting.