UNTOKENING DETROIT! 

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!


AGENDA

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.

RSVP here!

Sunday, November 11

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Untokening Detroit Convening

Marygrove College, 8425 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221

Apply to attend!

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.

Sign up here!



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.

Registration scholarships and travel stipends available for those with financial need!


Support this effort by becoming a sponsor!
Download the sponsorship invitation.


Questions? Email UntokeningDet@gmail.com


  Untokening California, photo by Michael Anaya

Untokening California, photo by Michael Anaya

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. 

Untokening California

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 mobilityequity@gmail.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, photo by Argenis Apolinario

Untokening Atlanta, photo by Argenis Apolinario

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.

"Race, Place & Justice"

Race, Place and Justice discussion

The Untokening

The Untokening: Convening for Just Streets & Communities

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 AdvocacyStreetsblog 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 EquityNext 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