In his speech 'The Other America', Dr. King highlights a fundamental dissonance in American society; one America is overflowing with wealth and access, simultaneously leaving the 'other' America disinvested and wanting. This landscape is a direct result of structural policy decisions that consistently place profit and power for one, white America over the 'other'. An intersectional movement bridging these Americas, as Dr. King emphasized and demonstrated, is the most productive way to organize for change. This discussion, organized by Taubman College students, explores scales and methods for pursuing justice through community engagement, mutual aid, and collective organizing.
Three urban planners, activists, and architects working toward racial and economic justice will interrogate questions such as, can policy ever care for individuals in the way that mutual aid can? What are specific barriers to community-organized efforts? How can designers learn from principles of mutual aid and pursue equity alongside our own communities?
Directly after the panel discussion, students have the opportunity to engage with the panelists in breakout rooms, to continue thoughts and foster a conversation on when to engage policy and when to engage mutual aid networks. (We will release a sign-up form for interested students at a later date)
Brittanie Redd, Principal Planner of Land Use Strategy for the City of Indianapolis
Kayla Gore, co-founder and executive director of My Sistah's House, Memphis
Imani Day, Founder + Principal at RVSN Studios, Detroit
Student Moderator: Fareeha Khan, M.Arch ’24