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About the Talk
Los Angeles, California is in the midst of a historic housing crisis, brought on by decades of redlining and other policies of housing discrimination, gentrification, skyrocketing housing costs, and resultant homelessness and displacement of communities of color. Many activists and grassroots organizations are fighting to reverse this trend. In this panel, we will hear from community organizers who have responded to this crisis in their neighborhood and why our different justice movements need to fight for collective well-being. Using tactics such as fighting for tenants' rights, reducing gang violence, resourcing public education, improving housing supply, and reclaiming vacant homes, these Los Angeles and California-based groups are building stronger communities and fighting for housing rights for ALL.
About the Participants
Compton Tenants Union
The Compton Tenants Union is a community-led, neighbor-to-neighbor organization that believes that housing is a human right and that human rights must be fought for and defended. Together as tenants, renters and allies we work to ensure that our rights are respected, and that renters have the tools to defend themselves from displacement and harassment. We believe that the only way to create lasting change for Compton residents is through community organizing, building people power, and demanding the changes that we are all willing to fight for.
Inner City Struggle
At InnerCity Struggle, we believe everyone deserves to live in a safe, healthy and thriving neighborhood. When we began organizing in 1994, our Eastside residents identified a myriad of urgent concerns affecting their lives: gang violence, under-resourced schools, poor economic prospects and a lack of access to adequate health care. As we began our journey to fight for a stronger Eastside, our residents and youth identified public education as the most pressing issue. After many years on the frontlines of public education reform, significant victories under our belt, our residents knew that if we wanted to transform our neighborhoods, we needed to become a multi-issue organization. Since then, we've joined state-wide coalitions to build a stronger democracy, and are beginning our work advancing justice in community development.
YIMBY is a network of pro-housing activists fighting for more inclusive housing policies. We drive policy change to increase the supply of housing at all levels and bring down the cost of living in opportunity-rich cities and towns. We envision an integrated society where every person has access to a safe, affordable home near jobs, services, and opportunity.
Reclaiming Our Homes
Impacted by the housing crisis, and feeling even more urgency in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are reclaiming vacant houses owned by the state to fight for housing as a human right. We the Reclaimers are calling on the city and state to immediately use all vacant properties to house people. We need all levels of government to make a massive investment in public and social housing so that everyone has a home during this housing and public health crisis.
Together we can defend, take back, and rebuild our community!