Equiticity Advocacy Strategies
Equiticity advocates on behalf of communities of color for three public commitments in cities across the United States from local, state and federal policymakers:
- Racial equity as the fair, just distribution of resources to the racial groups who need resources the most—low- to moderate-income communities of color in the U.S.
- Community ownership of the local planning process, creating meaningful opportunities for neighborhood residents to express an authentic voice in the decision-making process surrounding city, state and federal projects, services, programs and other resources delivered at the neighborhood level.
- Respect for the needs, culture and history in neighborhoods today in order to achieve greater engagement and investment from current residents.
Equiticity Advocacy Priorities
Mobility Justice in Chicago Advocacy Coalition & Campaign
A broad-based advocacy coalition has been formed to pursue removal of a police traffic enforcement strategy from the Vision Zero Chicago Action Plan and implementation strategy. The coalition formed in August 2017 as a result of the public release of the city's Vision Zero Chicago Action Plan. The city’s plan and implementation strategy explicitly targets mostly LMI communities of color on the West Side and South Side of Chicago. In addition, the city’s plan explicitly articulates an active role for the Chicago Police Department in implementing a police traffic enforcement strategy in the VZ-targeted LMI communities of color. The advocacy coalition is working at the local and national levels to influence City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld and Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, along with key elected officials and relevant stakeholders, to all publicly and explicitly remove police traffic enforcement from Vision Zero Chicago in communities of color. The coalition is implementing a comprehensive, compelling outreach and marketing campaign, reaching neighborhood residents, community leaders and community-based organizations, expressly purposed to engage them directly in the advocacy work of the coalition.