Panel Discussion: Race, Planning + State-Sponsored Violence

Police brutality, mass incarceration, and the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants are all cruel forms of violence employed, sanctioned, and funded by the State. Racialized and spatialized, these interrelated forms of state-sponsored violence, and the systems and policies that support them, rob individuals of their dignity, squander significant financial resources, disproportionately target LGBTQ, low-income and communities of color, and advance the idea that certain members of society are disposable. Our panelists, who bring an array of perspectives from law, sociology, and religion as well as practical organizing expertise to this discussion, will reflect upon the ways in which these complex forms of injustice have been perpetuated by, and also have the potential to be dismantled through urban planning intervention.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Allegra Williams by Friday, October 21st at allegraw@mit.edu.