"Those with power determine mobility."
October 9, 2020 3:18 PM   Subscribe

"Mobility for some causes immobility for others, growth on one side means taking from another, and the ability to profit is the ability to exploit. The overriding thesis of Mimi Sheller’s Mobility Justice is aimed at gathering a deeper understanding of how progress and mobility have become detrimentally linked." Here are a few other groups working in the mobility justice space:

The Untokening is a multiracial collective that centers the lived experiences of marginalized communities to address mobility justice and equity. In 2016 they produced Untokening 1.0 — Principles of Mobility Justice which is ten principles for inclusive mobility justice.

People for Mobility Justice is a project by Allison Mannos and Adonia Lugo in Los Angeles County (the ancestral territories of the Tongva, Tataviam, and Chumash Indigenous communities) to draw attention to sustainable transportation infrastructure projects that focus on the needs of people of color using bicycles as a mobility solution. They co-created the BIPOC Mobility Justice Policy Lab which brings these principles to state-level advocacy.

Rooted in Rights is a Seattle area group working to challenge stigma and redefine narratives around disability, mental health, and chronic illness. Here is their page of mobility justice stories and advocacy.

An article on how this COVID period of "great immobility" (for many) gives us new ways to reflect on mobility justice.
posted by jessamyn (2 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I'm reminded of this Depression-era photo of an armed company guard, in some company town Jefferson County, Alabama, there to make sure no worker at the steel mill decides to get the hell out...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:05 PM on October 9, 2020 [1 favorite]

Actually, my comment above is probably not correct. More likely the armed guard (one might also say “thug”) was more likely there to scare off union organizers.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:33 PM on October 10, 2020

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