Planners Network: The Organization of Progressive Planning (and its predecessor, Planners for Equal Opportunity) was born out of a condemnation of planners’ complicity
in the dispossession of low-income, Black and other Communities of Color during the height of urban renewal in the 1960s and 1970s. Though much has changed in the succeeding decades, planning still remains central to upholding our racist present. Black Planners, although historically underrepresented in the field, have nevertheless played a key role in highlighting and challenging inequities and in working for greater community empowerment and control. In honor of Black History Month, we want to profile some of our articles that have sought to spotlight these roles and challenge the planning establishment and planners to envision abolitionist futures.
Claudia B. Isaac (1998) Cross-over Dreams: Gender, Development and Community Development.
Wanda Mills-Bocachica (1998) The Complexity of Gender: A Caribbean Perspective
Mel King (1999) Visions of Hope for People of Color: A Framework for Communication and Collective Action:
June Manning Thomas and Marsha Ritzdorf (1999) Urban Planning in the African-American Community in the Shadows
Jonathan Michael Feldman and Jessica Gordon Nembhard (2001) Towards a new Community Development Paradigm: The Political and Economic Agenda:
john a. powell, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Daniel Newhart and Eric Stiens (2006) Towards a Transformative View of Race: The Crisis and Opportunity of Katrina
James Perry (2010) The Road Home is a Road to Nowhere for Black New Orleanians:
William M. Harris, Sr. (2013) The South: The Race Culture Sustained
Harley F. Etienne (2014) What is Consistent with the Public Interest? Rethinking Planning Ethics for the 21st Century
Sheryl-Ann Simpson (2015) Prisons, Policing and Planning: Making the Connections Visible. Progressive Planning Magazine. Spring.
Jeffrey S. Lowe (2017) Black Lives Don’t Matter in APA’s Colorblind Planning: APA Rejected Legislative Policy Guide on Criminal Justice
Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. (2018) Reflections of an Activist Scholar
Deshonay Dozier (2018) on “A Response to Abolitionist Planning: There is no Room for ‘Planners’ in the Movement for Abolitionist Planning”
Miriam McBride and Adriane Wilson (2019) Presentations on the theme of Resisting Displacement and Dispossession in Tacoma, Washington. https://www.progressivecity.net/single-post/2019/11/25/resisting-displacement-and-dispossession-two-talks-from-planners-networks-2019-multi-ci
Sean I. Robin (2019) Introducing the Indigenous Planning Collective.
Kazembe Balagun (2020) Beyond Bronxsploitation: Decade-of-fire
Nina Harper (2021) Reframing Black Womxn in the Nation’s Capital
“Confronting The Carceral State in Planning” 2020 webinar, featuring Deshonay Dozier, Courtney Knapp, Silky Shah and Sheryl-Ann Simpson and moderated by Annette Koh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi7mZjbO2MA
Ear to the Pavement Podcasts:
Podcast Interview with Rob Robinson “Take Back the Land beat Bank of America. Here’s how they did it” https://www.progressivecity.net/podcast?wix-music-track-id=6337292333481984&wix-music-comp-id=comp-ivh7vxtm
Podcast Interviews with Mindy Fullilove “Revisiting Root Shock in an Age of Mass Displacement” https://www.progressivecity.net/podcast?wix-music-track-id=4929917449928704&wix-music-comp-id=comp-ivh7vxtm
Podcast on “Everyday Radicals: What #TheResistance Can Learn From the League of Revolutionary Black Workers” (interview with D. Georgakis): https://www.progressivecity.net/podcast?wix-music-track-id=4578073729040384&wix-music-comp-id=comp-ivh7vxtm
Podcast Interview with Angela Glover Blackwell & Bill Fletcher, Jr. “Corporate America Is Embracing Racial Equity. Should We Cheer Them On?”