Cities Advancing a Just Transition: Memphis, Buffalo & Richmond (Webinar)

Join the Executive Director of APEN, Miya Yoshitani and Urban Tilth’s Executive Director, Doria Robinson, for Webinar #2 in the ReGenesis Series: Cities Advancing a Just Transition: Memphis, Buffalo & Richmond as they present Richmond & Restorative Development in the Shadow of the Refinery covering the work of the Richmond Our Power Coalition.

WEBINAR II: The Stories of Cities Currently Advancing A Just Transition
Good Afternoon Partners and Allies, 
Just a little more than a week ago, we held our first Webinar in a four-part series focused on equitable development of American communities of color across geographies, highlighting the specific example of the ReGenesis project in Arkwright, South Carolina as a model. I am happy to relay that Harold Mitchell shared his beautiful personal story of success in his fight for justice and positive outcomes in his community. This discussion was a critical first step on a course that will produce a guiding light for comprehensive community engagement based on each community’s unique set of challenges and strengths. Too long have those in power chosen to hide the harmful byproducts of excess and greed in disenfranchised communities. Instead of continuing to ignore this manufactured pain and isolation, it is time we dive head-first into addressing it, own the ways we can combat it, and begin building one American beloved community where no one is forced to suffer for the benefit of others. 
With this in mind, our goal is to create an equitable, community-driven, holistic approach to the redevelopment of disinvested, underrepresented, and poisoned communities of color in the United States based on successful examples of past community leadership and action, and realize the vision that is set forward by these communities themselves, which builds from the ground up.

In order to comprehensively address the needs of diverse communities, we must first hear their stories and understand their realities. I would like to invite you to the second part of our Webinar series and discussion to hear the stories of American communities who are currently advocating and engaging to create a just transition – Buffalo, Richmond, and Memphis. We hope that you will join us for what is sure to be a rewarding presentation and conversation. Within these communities – as within all communities – lies the leadership, inspiration, and vision to not simply survive, but to thrive. We invite all communities, investors, and interested parties to be a part of this process that benefits us all. It’s time to put more and different people in charge, starting with the endemic leaders of these beloved communities across our country. We can help to connect the dots so that all communities can begin building integrated power that both lifts up, and reestablishes the strong and proud identities of the people who live within them. Please join us
What: Webinar II, The Stories of Cities Currently Advancing A Just Transition (Buffalo, NY, Richmond, CA, Memphis, TN) 
Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2020 
Time: 2:30PM-4PM Pacific Time 
Best and be safe, 

Presenter #1: Memphis and the Southern Shift Initiative, Anasa Troutman-  The Big We Foundation.

  • From Cultures Shift to Community Development
  • From Memphis to Southern Shift

Presenter #2: Buffalo and the Transformation of the Rustbelt,  Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo.
Presenter #3: Richmond & Restorative Development in the Shadow of the Refinery,  Miya Yoshitani, APEN;  Doria Robinson, Urban Tilth & Cooperation Richmond