I am very excited to share news of the release of the Principles of Mobility Justice. These emerged from the first convening of The Untokening, a multiracial collective that centers the experience of communities of color in mobility justice and equity. I came to this work through my longtime partnership with Adonia Lugo working on the Bicicultures project. She was instrumental in bringing this together, along with many others, and asked me to help with the day’s programming. Together and in conversation with other planners, we thought about how to apply ethnographic principles of engagement and co-presence into the day’s agenda. The event occurred in Atlanta the day after the election. I cannot overemphasize how healing and inspiring it was to be among this amazing group of activists on such a day. I took part in conversations, facilitated, and took extensive notes on our vision for how to create a vision for mobility justice that was centered on the experiences of those most marginalized.
Taking part in The Untokening is one of the most humbling and generative events I have ever participated in. The notes and writings from that day became the Principles of Mobility Justice, and the more extensive Untokening Mobility: Beyond Pavement, Paint, and Place. I contributed to both pieces, along with Adonia Lugo, Do Lee, Naomi Doerner, Sahra Sulaiman and Carolyn Szczepanski.
Going forward, I am considering how to use my expertise and position as a university researcher to give more legitimacy to these conversations and the incredible thinkers and doers that truly have the most sustainable and just vision for our transportation futures.