Webinars: Walking Toward Justice

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Housing segregation caused many social justice issues throughout the 1900s.

One big one is neighborhood walkability.

You are invited to join America Walks’ quarterly webinar series, Walking Toward Justice, to examine past and present walkability issues in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, and search for solutions.

Charles T. Brown of America Walks, who helped create the series, will moderate each webinar.

The first webinar on Sept. 27, 2017

The first webinar of the series, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America, was held at 2 p.m. EST on Sept, 27, 2017.

The webinar featured author Richard Rothstein.

Rothstein’s book debunks myths about racial discrimination. It also provides evidence of how governments prevented minorities from integrating into middle-class neighborhoods by using:

  • racially discriminatory policies, such as rejecting government-guaranteed mortgages;
  • charging higher market interest rates;
  • changing zoning ordinances;
  • condemning property;
  • building highways through minority neighborhoods;
  • failing to arrest or charge whites for harassment and vandalism;
  • denying or overcharging for sewer utilities; and
  • relocating schools.

Rothstein says these activities denied minorities jobs, good schools, safe neighborhoods, and quality of life.

The webinar also featured Sonia Jimenez of Ximenes & Associates, Inc.,Tamika Butler of the LA Neighborhood Land Trust, and Sahra Sulaiman of Streetsblog L.A.

UPDATE 9/28: Watch the first webinar here.

UPDATE (11/21): The second webinar on Jan. 18, 2018

Register here for the second webinar of the series, The Criminal Justice System’s Impact on Walking and Walkability in Low-Income and Communities of Color, at 2 p.m. EST, Jan. 18, 2018.

The webinar will explore the devastating impacts that social injustice within our legal system has had on people of color and low-income communities.

Using the text The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander as a framework for the conversation, the panel of experts and advocates will discuss discrimination within our criminal justice system and how it intersects with the work (e.g., Vision Zero, safety outreach and education, equitable enforcement, etc.) being done by walkability advocates.

The webinar also features /Shavon Arline-Bradley of R.E.A.C.H. Beyond Solutions, John Greenfield of Streetsblog Chicago, and Olatunju Oboi Reed of Equicity.

Join the webinar and share it with law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and correctional agencies; health, equity, and walking advocates; and housing, planning, transportation, and health departments.

 

By The Numbers By The Numbers

42

percent

of children under 5, across 8 states, live in child care deserts.

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