Untokening 1.0 — Principles of Mobility Justice
Justice-oriented advocates are generally denied the opportunity to bring their whole selves to a space and are more likely to be tokenized — forced to pick their battles, to speak within a constrained set of categories, to suffer outright dismissal for straying too far from those categories, and to serve as stand-ins for the entirety of the diverse communities they represent.
These principles were drafted using perspectives gathered at "The Untokening: A Convening for Just Streets & Communities" held in Atlanta, GA on November 13, 2016. Instead of offering ready-made solutions, these principles outline recommendations for mobility justice that are rooted in the liberation of historically marginalized communities.
Each “principle” is broken into three parts:
Problem: We challenge the current paradigm by illuminating the range of barriers to mobility access that have long plagued marginalized communities.
Principle: We offer a new vision that lays the foundation necessary to pursue mobility justice.
Practice: We suggest approaches that can help justice advocates work toward that alternative paradigm, either in white-centered planning spaces or in their own work in marginalized communities.
We affirm that the Principles of Mobility Justice comprise a living document that will change and evolve over time as our challenges and community priorities shift.