How to Take on Harmful Jaywalking Laws

Join us for our next webinar, How to Take on Harmful Jaywalking Laws, happening Friday, October 15th between 11am – 12pm PST.


Kansas City and Virginia recently decriminalized jaywalking and the California legislature right now is considering the same action They are driven by data and lived experiences that show BIPOC community members bear the burden of police enforcement at disproportionate rates, with the harm outweighing any alleged safety benefits. America Walks supports these efforts because safety and equity demand not unjust enforcement, but investments to undo the street and road designs (often forced on BIPOC communities) that are hostile to pedestrians. Could your state or city be next to follow suit and set this critical precedent? We hope so.

This webinar will equip you with:

  1. Practical lessons, knowledge and tools to advocate for and organize around removing jaywalking laws and enforcement in your community.
  2. Intimate and timely strategies straight from the leaders/advocates who have recently worked to repeal jaywalking laws in their region and those who are in the thick of it.
  3. The nuances of considering place, authentic community engagement and how to gather and use convincing data for your case.

Join host and moderator Charles T. Brown, award-winning expert in planning and policy and founder/principal of Equitable Cities, and expert panel members working at the state and local level to decriminalize jaywalking.

We’ll highlight how you can best invest in these issues within your community and why it is vitally important to achieving mobility justice. Join us!

How to Take on Harmful Jaywalking Laws

DATE: Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11am – 12pm PST / 2 – 3pm EDT

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Learn more about our host/moderator and presenters:

Charles T. Brown is the founder and principal of Equitable Cities, a minority- and veteran-owned urban planning, public policy and research firm focused at the intersection of transportation, health and equity. He is also an adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Charles is an award-winning expert in planning and policy and has been interviewed by several notable outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, VICE and Bloomberg CityLab. He is highly regarded as a keynote speaker and leads workshops on transportation, health and equity for audiences worldwide.

Charles previously served as a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, where he authored several groundbreaking national and local studies that redefined how experts analyze the role of race and racism in transportation and mobility. In 2020, Charles was part of the inaugural class of the Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis, which is managed by the Yale School of the Environment.

Caro Jauregui is an active transportation professional and mobility justice advocate who has dedicated herself to pedestrian safety through her work with California Walks and in her community of unincorporated West Whittier in Los Angeles County. She joined California Walks in 2015.

Caro graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. She received her Master of Public Policy in 2013 from Mills College.

Michael Kelley leads BikeWallkKC’s efforts to advocate for the policies, plans, and projects which will support a culture of active living in the Kansas City region and beyond. He has successfully advanced a number of initiatives, including Complete Streets ordinances, Vision Zero legislation, and the decriminalization of walking and biking in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2020, Michael was honored with the Emerging Leader of the Year Award by the League of American Bicyclists.

Councilmember Isaiah Thomas is a freshman At-Large Councilmember serving on Philadelphia City Council. He serves as Chair of the Streets Committee and Vice Chair of the Children and Youth Committee. City Council has passed his Keep It Local Bill, Black Workers Matter Bill, and Transparency in Healthcare Bill – all different legislations with the shared goal of making Philadelphia better and more attractive to current and potential residents. Councilmember Thomas is working on the issue of hit-and-runs to make our streets safer and more equitable. He has also introduced his historic Driving Equality legislation which would remove police from certain traffic stops. Thomas still actively coaches basketball at Sankofa Freedom Academy and is President of the Coaches Association.