The same communities on the frontlines of police brutality are also the ones hardest hit by both Covid-19 and climate change. Planning for Justice emerged in the summer of 2020, when a global reckoning with systemic racism was sparked by a historic wave of protests over continued police violence in America. Echoes from London and Berlin to Tokyo and Seoul have since spotlighted the workings of institutional racism in different national contexts. All of this unfolded against the backdrop of a coronavirus pandemic which has disproportionately devastated the world’s most vulnerable—and a climate crisis that functions similarly.
As urban planners, the fight against systemic inequality involves us. The disciplining of space has always been a device of power. Structural racism is ingrained into urban policy throughout the globe—and likewise within the academic and professional institutions that dominate our field. As Almas Talib and Gen England of the Decolonising LSE Collective reflected, our university is not innocent. But as benefactors, we can educate ourselves and use positions of power to champion redistributive justice. And we are interested in expanding the reckoning with systemic inequality beyond U.S. and U.K. contexts.
Help us expand our digital library
Planning for Justice is welcoming the submission of existing resources, along with the submission of new, original work, that engages these topics in cities everywhere. We welcome academic content along with links to clear, useful pieces that anyone can understand.
We acknowledge the politics of citation—what we deem a “source” and who we deem an “expert” matters. Planning for Justice seeks to address the underrepresentation of nonwhite voices in academia as well as in public knowledge. Our hope is that this becomes a collaborative, living platform that breaks down barriers between the academy and the activists already doing this work on the ground.
We are currently accepting:
◾ Submissions to our Digital Library, in the form of academic texts or accessible articles with a short annotation;
◾ Multimedia and creative work: books, poems, documentary/film, photography etc.;
◾ Submissions to our Blog (original, non-published work; 1,500 word limit);
◾ Calls to action in your city;
◾ Writers, civic groups and organisations we should watch;
◾ Invitations for collaboration.
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