Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
In the third session, we'll be reading and discussing Right of Way by Angie Schmitt.
Whether crossing a border or a street, both individual and collective mobility are directly tied to liberation and justice. From the famed Montgomery bus boycotts to Boston’s People Before Highways movement, transportation has long been a central element in the broader fight for racial justice, and it is past time that anti-racism be placed at the heart of transportation. For far too long, the planning and development of cities and their transportation systems have furthered systemic racial inequality – often in technical, hidden, and insidious ways. That's why the Providence Streets Coalition and Providence Community Library are launching a virtual Mobility Justice Discussion Group – to read and discuss texts that explore the intersection of race and transportation, and strategize how their teachings can be applied to make real changes in Providence.
This group is a space for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and white people to challenge and inform each other about racist structures that are built to hold back BIPOC people. We welcome all to join the group but are especially invested in the participation of BIPOC residents of Providence. We aim to collaborate, build, and expand alliances within our community.
To start, the group will meet monthly for two 3-month sessions: one in August, September, and October of 2020 and one in January, February, and March of 2021. Please plan to attend at least three of the six sessions in order to build relationships and a true co-learning experience that can be applied to making real change in Providence. Each session will be hosted by Amy VanderWeele of the South Providence Library-Providence Community Library, promoted by Liza Burkin of the Providence Streets Coalition, guided by Olubunmi Olatunji, a local facilitator and program director of Youth In Action, Inc., and sponsored by Union Studio Architecture & Community Design.
Books can be requested at any Providence Community Library branch. If you choose to purchase a copy of the book, please support one of our local independent bookstores-we'd suggest Riffraff Bookstore & Bar, Books on the Square, Symposium Books!
Limited free copies of the books are available to self-identifying low-income participants. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, Providence Streets Coalition