Gente Sí, Gentrify No: Resisting Displacement in Boyle Heights
Tuesday, May 9 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM PDT
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
PAB Room 2355
337 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, California 90095
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Activists, residents, and community members will come together to discuss the struggle against gentrification and displacement in Boyle Heights. Boyle Heights is at the epicenter of a spatially contested struggle for shelter in the midst of Los Angeles’ crisis of housing affordability. This renewed interest in the neighborhood comes after decades of disinvestment, racial discrimination, and substandard employment opportunities for its long-term residents. As a historic entry point for Mexican immigrants into the country, gentrification in Boyle Heights has not only taken a toll on the neighborhood’s most vulnerable populations, but it has eroded the vital social and cultural institutions of self-determination. But the threat of displacement has also inspired a rigorous and thriving social movement. In a moderated discussion, panelists will explore the realities of gentrification and the organizing that has emerged as a response to provide context to the debate about gentrification in the neighborhood, and similar debates taking place across Los Angeles.
Pete White, Los Angeles Community Action Network
-Alessandro Negrete, Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council
-Elizabeth Blaney, Union de Vecinos
-Zacil Pech, Defend Boyle Heights
-Nico Avina, co-owner of Espacio 1839
Food will be provided, as well as prints made by Nico Avina!
The event is a project of the Graduate Student Group "Our Hoods, Our Stories" whose work has been funded by Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin and the Frank Gilliam Award for Social Justice.
This event is also Pt. III of the Public Housing & Activism Series sponsored by The Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate