New Webinar:”The Criminal Justice System’s Impact on Walking and Walkability in Low-Income and Communities of Color” (Walking Towards Justice Episode #2)

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Webinar Title: The Criminal Justice System’s Impact on Walking and Walkability in Low-Income and Communities of Color (Walking Towards Justice Episode #2)

Webinar Featured Text: “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander

Webinar Date/Time: Thursday January 18 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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Too often discussions in walking and walkability happen without the benefit of historical facts, community precedents and cultural awareness. This unfortunately results in a lack of knowledge and understanding in the systematic and socially-constructed creation of past and present inequalities in neighborhood walkability—particularly in low-income and communities of colors.

To provide an open platform for discussion and aid in identifying potential solutions to improve walkability for ALL, America Walks launched a new social equity-inspired online discussion series titled: Walking Toward Justice. Walking Toward Justice is a webinar series that integrates literature into a discussion regarding the intersection of mobility, race, class, gender, and politics. The quarterly webinar includes an interactive panel of leading scholars, activists, practitioners, America Walks Board members, and policymakers, who will discuss and explore connections between walking and other key topics such as social equity, residential segregation, gentrification, police brutality, and etc. Participants are also able to engage and ask questions of panelists via chat during the live webinar.

In our second episode, we will be exploring 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, our 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.

About the Panel
Charles Brown is a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both at Rutgers University. He has 15 years of public and private sector experience in transportation planning, policy, and research. He is considered a national thought leader and a leading voice in encouraging social justice in active transportation. He is often invited to give lectures, presentations, and keynote addresses at many notable colleges/universities and conferences across the nation as well as internationally. His work has been published in several international journals as well as featured by or quoted in the New York Times, Streetsblog, CityLab and various other national and local media outlets. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Pedestrian Safety Committee, Board Trustee with America Walks and the Urban League of Essex County (NJ), and serves on the Franklin Township (NJ) Planning Board. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

John Greenfield edits the transportation news and advocacy website Streetsblog Chicago and writes the transportation column for the Chicago Reader weekly paper. John previously worked for the Active Transportation Alliance as a consultant to the Chicago Department of Transportation, riding to every corner of the city to site more than 3,500 bike parking racks.

Olatunji Oboi Reed’s passions are community, culture and health. He works internationally as a tactician, strategist, mobility advocate, community development practitioner and community organizer in the fields of bicycle equity, transportation justice and access to mobility in marginalized communities of color.

Olatunji Oboi Reed serves as the President & CEO of Equiticity, a new national advocacy movement operating at the intersection of equity, mobility and justice in communities of color across the US. Equiticity’s vision is a large US city where equity is fully integrated at the policy level into every function, department and resource associated with the City’s operations, services and programs. We envision Equiticity creating a US city which serves as a model for the rest of the world on how to normalize, prioritize and operationalize equity, as an equitably moving flow of resources contributing to reducing violence, improving health, creating jobs and ultimately making our neighborhoods and cities more livable.

Oboi co-founded and recently served as the President & CEO of the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement in Chicago, Illinois. Slow Roll Chicago is working to build an equitable, diverse and inclusive bicycle culture in Chicago. The organization’s mission is to connect a diverse group of people to utilize bikes and the activity of cycling as vehicles for social change, transforming lives and improving the condition of communities, by organizing community bicycle rides and advocating for bicycle equity in Chicago.

An active cyclist for over ten years, Oboi rides at the intersection of equity, mobility and justice. With an extensive background in both nonprofit management as well as corporate social responsibility, he is most proud of his work to create a diverse coalition of people, organizations and businesses all working together to achieve mobility equity across the City of Chicago with respect to race, income, and neighborhood.

In 2015, Oboi was awarded The White House Transportation Champion of Change award by The White House and the United States Department of Transportation. Oboi is a member of the Steering Committee for the Chicagoland Regional Equity Network. He is also a member of the PolicyLink Transportation Equity Caucus. He served as a Community Representative Member of the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of Streetsblog Chicago.

Previously, Oboi served as the Regional Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Affairs at Nike and the Vice President & Director of Community Relations at Citibank. He studied Economics at Roosevelt University and continues to study the Health Economics of Candomble traditional healing in the African-Brazilian population of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.