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For Immediate Release
November 29, 2017
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Housing is a Human Right
Arielle Sallai, 925-876-0556
arielle@housinghumanright.org

(BPRW) L.A. Housing: Over 40 L.A. Groups Unite for a Summit to Fight Gentrification LEIMERT PARK, Saturday, December 2nd 8am to 6pm

“Resist Gentrification Action Summit” will take place Saturday, December 2 at Audubon Middle School in Leimert Park, Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Saturday, December 2nd, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Housing is a Human Right project and over 40 tenant rights, civil rights, faith-based and social justice organizations are coming together for the Resist Gentrification Action Summit to combat California’s ongoing housing crisis.

Across the state, people are struggling to stay in their homes as developers, corporate landlords and Wall Street speculators transform stable neighborhoods into high-priced markets at the expense of working-class communities. The summit seeks to address this through plenaries and breakout panels focusing on combating gentrification, promoting community wealth-building, and demanding development without displacement. The summit takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Audubon Middle School in Leimert Park (4120 11th Ave., Los Angeles, CA).

WHAT:     Resist Gentrification Action Summit (housing issues & more)

WHEN:    Saturday, December 2nd 8:00am to 6:00pm (plenaries & breakout sessions throughout)

WHERE:  Audubon Middle School (Leimert Park)

              4120 11th Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90008  

WHO:    AHF’s Housing is a Human Right project and 40 community groups    

 

Goals of the summit are to:

1) Unite behind the ongoing effort to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Act, allowing localities to strengthen protections against rent increases.
2) Share protective strategies to keep residents in their homes and neighborhoods, such as building tenant power, stopping criminalization as a tool of gentrification, countering real estate speculation, and more.
3) Share community wealth-building tools to improve communities without displacement, such as community land trusts, cooperatives, quality community-controlled public housing, and more.

Through these aims, local activists and national leaders will come together to deepen alliances, learn from each other, and advance efforts to improve their own neighborhoods. Live performances by local poets and Los Angeles-based R&B star Jimetta Rose will round out the inspiring day.

Convening groups of the historic summit include: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment - Los Angeles, Black Community Clergy & Labor Alliance, CDTech, Crenshaw Subway Coalition, Eviction Defense Network, Fannie Lou Hamer Institute, and Los Angeles Community Action Network.

Supporting organizations include: Advocates for Black Strategic Alternatives, African American Cultural Center, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Association of Black Social Workers-Greater Los Angeles, Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, Black Women for Wellness, The Church Without Walls, Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Coalition to Preserve LA, Community Coalition, Creating Justice, Democratic Socialists of America-Los Angeles, Glendale Tenants Union, Holman United Methodist Church, Housing Long Beach, Housing Now, Hyde Park Organizational Partnership for Empowerment, Inquilinos Unidos, Labor/Community Strategy Center-Fight for the Soul of the Cities, LA Voice, Los Angeles Black Worker Center, Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers, Los Angeles Tenants Union, National Action Network-Los Angeles, NAACP-Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch, Pico Neighborhood Association, SoLA Food Co-op, Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Southern California, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, T.R.U.S.T. South LA, Union de Vecinos, Uplift Inglewood, Venice Community Housing, and Youth Justice Coalition

For more information visit:
http://www.housinghumanright.org/summit
https://www.facebook.com/events/131031390887992/