The Motor City Freedom Riders are governed by a Steering Committee assisted by a volunteer Coordinator. The Freedom Riders are an affiliate of MOSES (Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength), an interfaith organization of congregations which has sought better transit in metro Detroit for nearly two decades. We look forward to meeting you.
Motor City Freedom Riders Steering Committee
Regina DuBose is a native of Detroit’s West Side, where she serves as a deacon of Unity Baptist Church. Ms. DuBose is the longtime owner/president of Alexis Novelty & Gift Company, the first black-owned novelty business in Detroit. She began riding the bus in 2008, after taking her car in for repairs, and was struck by its relative affordability and convenience. “An effectively run public transportation system,” she states, “has the power to become a remarkable instrument for human growth and development.”
Patty Fedewa originally hails from Portland, MI and now resides with her family on Detroit’s East Side. Since 2001, she has been riding the bus to work downtown and fighting for better service as a tireless citizen-activist with Transportation Riders United (TRU) and the Motor City Freedom Riders. “We will not have a successful city until we have successful transit that everybody uses,” Patty says.
Patricia Hammer is a native of Long Island, New York. After attending Antioch College, she settled in Birmingham, Michigan, where she is a longtime member of Birmingham Unitarian Church. She has served as chair of the BUC Social Justice Committee and co-chair of the MOSES Transportation Task Force, and is highly involved with the Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network (MICHUHCAN). “In this region,” Pat says, “which has been torn by racial and economic divide between city and suburb, the common cause of the transit-dependent bridges the gap.”
Br. Thomas Zerafa
Tom Zerafa grew up the son of Maltese immigrants in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. A member of the Franciscan Order, he was for many years a teacher and music director with the Archdiocese of Detroit. Zerafa is a longtime resident of Oak Park, and has served on the board of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights and the Affirmations Faith Task Force. Zerafa believes that the right to move about is a fundamental human liberty.
Joel Batterman, Coordinator
Joel Batterman was raised in Ann Arbor and attended college in Portland, Oregon, where he was impressed by the public transit system. He decided he could be more useful back in metro Detroit, where he has worked to organize for transit for over five years. A member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit, Joel believes transit organizing can build momentum for a more just and prosperous region. Joel is a doctoral student in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan and an Admiral of the Line in the Cherry River Navy of Richwood, West Virginia.