On May 8, 2017, please join us for “The Cost of Social Injustice in Communities of Color,” a panel discussion, followed by a reception/open house at WXY Studio, entitled “Spaces and Places of Protest.” Register at PlacesofProtest.Eventbrite.com!

Panel

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Location: TransitCenter (1 Whitehall St, 17th Floor)

In recent years, social media and other technological advancements have dramatically increased the visibility of social injustice in the U.S. We’ll discuss the recent wave of unrest and activism in U.S. cities, its impact on communities of color, and how public officials can positively activate change via policies and planning efforts. The panel will also dive into how urban design, land use, state and federal laws can address racial inequality. 

The discussion will be moderated by Shin-pei Tsay, Executive Director of Gehl Institute. Confirmed panelists are Justin Garrett Moore, Executive Director of the NYC Public Design Commission; James Rojas, founder of Place It! and 2015 recipient of the Planning Advocate Award of Excellence by the California Chapter of the American Planning Association; and Simran Noor, Vice President of Policy and Programs at Center for Social Inclusion.

Reception

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Location: WXY Studio (224 Centre Street at Grand Street, 5th Floor)

A reception to follow the panel, WXY invites planners from across the country to share and discuss how recent protests have manifested in the physical and built environment in their region. Since January, cities across the country have seen an increase in both organized and spontaneous protest activity. Social media and technology has helped to facilitate quick connections through apps like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We invite you to an informal open house to continue conversations around these important topics. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Accessible entrance is located at 154 Baxter Street (between Hester Street and Grand Street).