1 Dec. 2020

Everybody Move! Race, Mobility and Transit

In the wake of the George Floyd protests, access to quality public transportation, mobility and racial justice have intersected in profound ways. While the car remains a symbol of individual freedom in the United States, for African Americans the reverse is true. Black motorists are more likely to be pulled over by the police than white motorists, increasing the likelihood of violent interactions.

Black, Indigenous and communities of color tend to depend on public transit for work, yet the fabric of rail and bus systems are threatened by budget cuts.

In commemoration of the 65th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ sit-in that sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, we ask, what does racial and mobility justice look like for our time? How are activists and policy makers making connections between public transportation, environmental justice and the right to move? And how can we look at the issue of free public transportation not only as aspirational, but a key demand for the moment?


Jovanka  Beckles, Transit Board Alameda County, former City Councillor Richmond, California

Peter Kerre, Street Riders NYC

Kafui Ablode Attoh, Professor, City University of New York, School of Labor and Urban Studies

Daniel Santini, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – Sao Paulo

Manuela Kropp, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – Brussels

Special performance by Jeremiah Hosea

December 1, 2020, 12:30pm EST

RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/evrybodymoves

This undated photo shows Rosa Parks riding on the Montgomery Area Transit System bus. Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus on Dec. 1, 1955, and ignited the boycott that led to the end of legal segregation in public transportation.