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

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 has launched a new social equity-inspired online discussion series titled: Walking Towards Justice. Walking Towards Justice is a webinar series that integrates literature into a discussion regarding the intersectionality of mobility, race, class, gender, and politics. The quarterly webinar will include 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 will also be able to engage and ask questions of panelists via chat during the live webinar.

Each discussion will be facilitated by Charles T. Brown, MPA, an America Walks’ board member who created this series in partnership with America Walks.

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.

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

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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About the Panel

Shavon Arline-Bradley is the Founding Principal of R.E.A.C.H. Beyond Solutions LLC a faith, advocacy, executive leadership and public health firm. She recently transitioned from the Office of the United States Surgeon General as the Director of External Engagement and senior advisor, where she managed all congressional, corporate, non-profit and advocacy organizational relationships.

Prior to her tenure in the Office of the US Surgeon General, Mrs. Arline Bradley served as the Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning & Partnerships for the national NAACP. During the interim transition for the search of a new president & CEO in 2014, Shavon served as the Chief of Staff & Chief Programs Officer where she was responsible for overall staff strategic planning, board/staff relations, operations and issue area advocacy agenda.  She was formerly the senior director of health programs for the NAACP where she was responsible for coordinating and planning the Association’s health agenda and program implementation efforts and served the association for 6 years.

She has over 17 years of experience in the areas of policy, advocacy, board relations, social justice and community & stakeholder collaborative relationship building.  The New Jersey native is a public health & social justice advocate and former track & field athlete who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Masters of Public Health degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Mrs. Arline-Bradley graduated in May 2016 from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University with a Masters of Divinity.  Most recently she successfully completed the Scott Hawkins Leadership Institute of the Links Incorporated as an executive fellow for 2 years with extensive training in board & executive leadership development, organizational management, group dynamics, conflict resolution and strategic planning.

As a sought after motivational speaker/preacher, facilitator, trainer and strategic planner, Mrs. Arline-Bradley has a traveled extensively throughout the United States and Caribbean.  She has facilitated trainings on public health programming, diversity & inclusion, executive leadership development, organizational planning, board/staff relations, equity, policy/advocacy, social justice and religious affairs for organizations including but not limited to the NAACP, WalMart (regional VA office), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Mecklenburg County Department of Health, Delta Sigma Theta, Active Living Research, N.O.B.E.L. Women, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (religious) and the Society for Behavioral Health Medicine.

Shavon is a member of the American Public Health Association and serves on the executive board of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated as co-chair of the national social action commission. She is also a member of the Links Incorporated (Columbia, MD) and Jack & Jill of America Inc. Mrs. Arline-Bradley is a co-author of “The Queen’s Legacy”, a journey of the trials and triumph of phenomenal women.

Shavon is a licensed minister and serves associate minister of the Alfred Street Baptist Church, under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley in Alexandria VA. Shavon sits on the advisory board of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology as the youngest member. She is married to Andrew Bradley and mother of 3 year-old Micah and 17 year old Amira.

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. His writing has also appeared in Bicycling Magazine, Momentum, Rails to Trails, Urban Velo, Crain’s, Time Out Chicago, and Newcity.

 

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.

Topher Sanders covers racial inequality and criminal justice for ProPublica.

Topher’s data-driven reporting on juvenile plea deals and the time Jacksonville juveniles spend in pre-trial detention facilities was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award in 2015. His reporting on public records concerns and questionable behavior by Jacksonville’s elected public defender prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to order an investigation of the office in 2013. The investigation resulted in a scathing grand jury report asking Scott to remove the elected official.

In January he and his colleague, Ryan Gabrielson, recieved the 2017 John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim award for excellence in criminal justice reporting for their multi-part series “Busted,” an investigation of the systematic misuse of roadside chemical field tests by police.