UPDATE 10/30/2020: Added link to YouTube recording.
On Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., join us for a virtual discussion with Tamika Butler exploring the intersection of racism and transportation, its legacy, and what it means moving forward as future transportation planners and community members.
Aimee Okotie-Oyekan is the Environmental and Climate Justice Coordinator for NAACP Eugene/Springfield and a graduate student studying planning at the University of Oregon. At home in Atlanta during the pandemic, she asked that the following statement be read during the Ride 4 Justice:
UPDATE 11/13/2020: Now includes LTD Board adoption of CIP.
UPDATE 10/21/2020: Now includes BEST’s recommendations.
LTD’s Community Investment Plan (CIP) is a 10-year framework that provides direction on community investments.
Scheduled for adoption on Nov. 18, 2020, the 2021–2030 CIP Draft is available for public comment.
BEST has no objections to the CIP as presented. But BEST urges LTD to serve the community better by better organizing the plan and especially explicitly linking investments to a strategic business plan to advance community goals.
UPDATE 12/28/2020: Added links to recent Washington Post podcast and Atlantic story.
UPDATE 10/17/2020: Added information from Washington Post story about police shootings involving people in the throes of a mental health crisis.
On March 31, 2019, during a traffic stop, Springfield police killed Stacy Kenny, a 33-year-old Springfield resident, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Court records show Kenny legally changed her name and gender in Lane County Court on September 20, 2018.
On April 16, 2019, Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow ruled that a Springfield police officer was lawful in his use of force.
On July 15, 2020, lawyers for the family of Kenny announced that the city of Springfield had agreed to pay $4.55 million and to undertake police reforms.
Nationally, about a quarter of all fatal police shootings involved someone police said was in the throes of a mental health crisis.
Multiple eye-witnesses report that Isiah Wagoner, 29, a leader of the activist group Black Unity, was intentionally struck by Travis Paul Waleri, 34, driving a white Subaru during a Children’s March on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Wagoner was taken to PeaceHealth Riverbend and later sent home to recover from injuries he sustained. Waleri was later detained by police as part of an investigation.
Black Unity held a march on Friday, July 3, 2020, to demand justice for member Wagoner. Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis denounced acts of violence.
BEST is looking into an increase in the “weaponization of vehicles.”
EUGENE, OR (June 24, 2020)—Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation recently presented awards to the Amazon Active Transportation Corridor, Downtown Springfield, and Springfield Transportation Planner Emma Newman.
Inspired by the Oscars and affectionately known as the “BESTies,” the annual BEST Awards recognize excellence in improving the quality of transportation in the Eugene-Springfield area and beyond.
Location:ODOT Area 5, 2080 Laura Street Springfield, OR 97477
Purpose: The Lane ACT is an advisory body established to provide a forum for stakeholders to collaborate on transportation issues affecting Lane County (Region 2, Area 5) and to strengthen state and local partnerships in transportation.