TRANSIT-CON 2021 PRESENTATION
Updated: Feb 4
Happy Black History Month to all! This past weekend Yes Segura, Founder of Smash the Box was able to present on a topic that really has never been discussed before, well that is in terms of transportation. The 15 minute presentation included an overview of the efforts being made in Seattle, WA dismantle systemic and institutional racism within transportation. Here are the slides that were presented at the first Transit-Con conference on Sunday Jan. 31st, 2021.
Trigger Warning: There are images in this presentation that are shown to give a better understanding of how cops, have for many years, been brutality using force against the Black community.
Although there wasn't enough time to have a Q&A here's one question that was asked within the "Follow-Up-Questions - Transit-Con Slack group.
Q: What do you feel the role of transit police should be going forward, or do you feel there should be such a thing as transit police?
A: This is a great question! When it comes to transit, I would say at this moment cities should look into what other transit systems have implemented as alternatives for policing. NACTO has a webinar on just this called “Alternatives to Policing”, that includes programs that use transit ambassadors vs. the use of traditional police. The support/advocacy for safety for all within transit = understanding our past, addressing the current, and setting goals + testing out pilot programs that can be easily adaptable for changes to meet the needs of the community.
Advocating for the replacement of current transit enforcement officers with adequate unarmed transit ambassadors and social workers who will provide preventative policing is one pilot program all transit systems can call to action.