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Mobility Justice: Movement, Equity, and Action
Providence Streets Coalition (formerly Our Streets PVD)
Mobility Justice is a framework for thinking about human movement and transportation systems that center the lived experience of racially, economically, and culturally marginalized individuals and communities. As cities seek to provide safer streets and more transportation choices, how do those decisions take into account the multitude of factors that make a road or neighborhood “safe”?
This free workshop on Saturday, Feb 22, will dig into the past, present, and future of transportation in Providence through the lens of mobility justice.
- “What makes cities great for 8- and 80-year olds?” with Gil Penalosa, founder, 8 80 Cities
- Racism and Identity: A breakdown- Intersecting Identities in Mobility Justice with Youth In Action
- Local history panel led by Samuel Coren & Marco McWilliams (Brown), and Morgan Grefe (RI Historical Society)
- Climate Justice action planning with Racial and Environmental Justice Committee of Providence
Accessible location. Food and drink provided. Poster art by Gregory Guertin.
REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT
Only 50 spots!
Edible Interview with Chef Irene Li, an Online Exclusive by Nina Livingstone
Bundled up against a biting wind, I stood in front of Mei Mei’s wall of windows. I couldn’t wait to get inside. Irene Li had described her restaurant as warm, cozy, and comfortable. With its bright-yellow chairs, exposed brick, and wooden-topped tables, it was indeed inviting.
Once inside, I realized it was the open-kitchen concept that allowed the aromas to drift out, unrestricted. Stools lined the counter and natural light (or as much as a winter’s sky could eek out) filled the Boston eatery. A hallway laden with awards, framed articles and photos of grandparents, parents, and siblings; shelves with locally sourced sauces and syrups shared space with family cookbooks. It was clear that Mei Mei straddled several worlds, embracing the urban and quirky with a mom-and-pop ethos. It is what owner Irene Li describes as a template for the future of restaurants.
Li’s step into the future doesn’t stop there, however. With trained knowledge on how to make customers with disabilities feel welcome, Li worked with my blindness by touching my arm and pointing my hand toward everything she was describing. With my hearing impairment, she was gracious when repeating her answers.