From Rust Belt to Legacy: Our Collective Mobility Future
November 11, 2018 | Detroit, MI
To co-create a rust-free future, we’re bringing The Untokening to the Motor City! Untokening Detroit will showcase struggles and successes in mobility advocacy, implementation, and engagement we’re seeing as we shift from Rust Belt to Legacy Cities. Holding space for people with disabilities and seniors while addressing transportation-related development in the local context of Detroit and the Rust Belt region, our day-long event will create a space to focus on the personal and interpersonal work it takes to be Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in mobility advocacy, planning, and policy spaces. While we will center ourselves within local community and elevate the expertise of mobility leaders in Detroit, we invite folks from other regions and fields to join us in network building, storytelling and discussion.
Registration scholarships and travel stipends available for those with financial need!
Saturday, November 10
6 to 10 p.m. — Mobility Justice Cross City Conversation
Common Pub, 5440 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Free to registered Untokening Detroit attendees
Suggested donation: $5
Join our panel as they discuss transportation and mobility across the country with knowledge of the different cities they live in and come from. Participants will also be able to register for Untokening Detroit. Food and drink available for purchase from the venue. Music by NickSpeed.
Sunday, November 11
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Untokening Detroit Convening
Marygrove College, 8425 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221
Holding space for people with disabilities and seniors while addressing transportation-related development in the local context of Detroit and the Rust Belt region, our day-long event will create a space to focus on the personal and interpersonal work it takes to be Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in mobility advocacy, planning, and policy spaces.
7 to 9 p.m. — Untokening Detroit After Party
The Baltimore Gallery, 314 E. Baltimore, Detroit, MI 48201
DJs: House of Gantos
Cash Bar: YumShots
Monday, November 12
1 to 3 p.m. — Untokening Detroit Mobility Tour
Meet at Scripps Park, 3660 Trumbull
Join us as we take a mobility tour of a dynamic area of Detroit. We will meet at Scripps Park (corner of Grand River and Trumbull) to tour adjacent neighborhoods, Woodbridge and Core City, and speak to residents in both communities about their relationship to transit and mobility. After the walking tour, we will take the bus to Dabls African Bead Museum. The tour will take 2 hours roundtrip. The cost includes bus fare and a donation to the museum. If there is rain we will host the speakers at the nearby Spirit of Hope Church.
About the Rust Belt
The history and identity of Rust Belt Cities were forged during the height of the industrial automobile era. With the decline and movement of those industries these communities faced many decades of decline and hardship. Together, we can build Legacy Cities, where communities’ strengths are recognized and are built upon in a way that nurtures inclusion, resilience, equity, and justice.
About The Untokening
Since 2016, The Untokening network has been building a tradition of sharing experiences of tokenism, sharpening our decolonizing tools to grow beyond it, and identifying actions to help guide the mobility system toward equity. Our goal is to build the capacity of BIPOC and others with marginalized identities to envision futures that are accessible and inclusive.
Untokening California (2017)
On November 4, 2017, 110 activists and community leaders — more than 75% of whom identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) — came together for Untokening California in Los Angeles. Our day-long event created space to focus on the personal and interpersonal work it takes to be BIPOC in mobility advocacy, planning, and policy spaces. Participants shared experiences of tokenism, sharpened decolonizing tools to grow beyond it, and identified actions to help guide the mobility system toward equity. While the stories and speakers focused on California, attendees traveled from cities across the nation, including Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati and Minneapolis.
Check out photos from Michael Anaya and Areli Morales below.
Read recaps from Sahra Sulaiman on Streetsblog LA and Lynda Lopez on Streetsblog Chicago
Thank you to our sponsors California Bicycle Coalition, California Walks, and Dero. Thank you to the steering committee, local organizers, speakers and facilitators, who shared their time and knowledge. And most of all, THANK YOU to all attendees for your energy and insight. Please let us know if you have any additional thoughts or feedback by emailing email@example.com.
In an effort to lift up social justice values, we intentionally worked with many local, grassroots, politicized, BIPOC and women folks in the LA area. From the venues, catering, photographer, DJ, supporting organizations, sound, etc, we searched high and low to ensure that the money was spent in community and with folks that have shared values. We are grateful to each one of them.
Untokening Atlanta (2016)
With more than 130 participants from across the country, the Untokening included candid discussions about street safety, displacement/gentrification, community engagement and culture, which will be collectively edited and distilled into position statements to be shared in early 2017. Conversations also included identifying the "elephants in the room" in mainstream mobility advocacy settings. Stay tuned for more outputs in coming months!
The Untokening included multiple events, including a full-day convening, a discussion on "Race, Place & Justice" and a social ride with Civil Bikes. Photos below by Argenis Apolinario.
Read recaps and stories about Untokening Atlanta
The USA Streetsies: Looking Back at the Best and Worst of 2016, Streetsblog USA, Angie Schmitt, 12/30/16
Black Leaders Discuss Their Efforts to Promote Equity in Mobility Advocacy, Streetsblog Chicago, Jean Khut, 12/1/16
Transportation Advocates of Every Color Just Met at "The Untokening," Better Bike Share, Stefani Cox, 11/18/16
Putting Community at the Center of Mobility Equity, Next City, Adonia Lugo, Naomi Doerner, Carolyn Szczepanski, 11/3/16
Justice-Oriented Mobility Advocates to “Untokenize” Active Transportation Movement at November Convening, Streetsblog LA, Sahra Sulaiman, 9/20/16