How do we understand and grapple with gentrification?

Presentations, Round-Table Discussion, and More

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 6:00PM

<p>How do we understand and grapple with gentrification?</p>
<p>Presentations, Round-Table Discussion, and More</p>
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Gentrification presents a great threat to murals all over the world. For artists, gentrification can mean displacement, destruction, and erasure. But what is the process of gentrification? How can we better understand displacement? In this program we will hear from the YWCA of San Francisco and Marin about redlining and its role in gentrification, the Anti-Eviction Project about its role in combatting displacement, and from artist Carlos "Kookie" Gonzalez and community member, Tomás Riley who will share their own stories of displacement, and the fight against displacement for themselves and/or their art.

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About our Presenters:

Laura Eberly, Director of Social Change leads YWCA San Francisco & Marin’s advocacy and racial justice efforts through local and statewide campaigns serving YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. She comes to this role from extensive community organizing and leadership development experience and a fierce personal commitment to racial and gender justice. Laura also co-facilitates the Inclusion Inventory, YWCA’s unique consulting program to transform organizations’ and individuals’ focus on diversity into true inclusion.

Carlos Gonzalez has been drawing and painting since childhood. Most of his art reflects the phases of life he experienced growing up in San Francisco's Barrio, The Mission District. As a result of delinquency he was relegated to community service to assist muralists on community murals and took like a fish to water. He made it is San Francisco State and while at State for Ethnic Studies he continued to receive on the job training by apprenticing with renown veteran Muralists such as Chuy Campusano, Ray Patlan, and Mike Rios.

After graduating from SF State he began to work as a Probation Officer in the place he dreaded as a teenager. During that time he was able to give back to his community by working on mural projects with troubled youth in his community, while moonlighting on private commissions and commercial murals. He retired in the spring of 2015 and is now creating art full-time.

Tomás Riley brings nearly twenty years of leadership work in community engagement and education throughout California and across the country. Since returning to San Francisco, he has worked as a bilingual classroom teacher and developed literary programs throughout the Bay Area for leading spoken word organization Youth Speaks. As Executive Director of ArtsChange, Tomás worked with young people in the East Bay city of Richmond to create youth-centered arts engagement opportunities for teens. Most recently he served as the Director of Experience and Community Engagement at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco. He has served as Executive Director for CounterPulse, an arts organization in the Tenderloin and currently works in development for a San Francisco family resource center. Additionally, Tomás is a founding member of the seminal Chicano spoken word collective The Taco Shop Poets and the author of two collections of poetry. In 2015, Tomás and his family fought and won an Owner Move-In eviction attempt for the apartment that they’ve lived in for nearly 20 years. He thankfully still lives, works and writes in the Mission.

About the YWCA San Francisco and Marin:

YWCA San Francisco & Marin is proud to be part of a national movement dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We have been on this mission for 140 years.

WE WORK TIRELESSLY FOR REAL CHANGE in the lives of the over 2,000 women, girls and families that we serve each year. From direct services, to issue education in our community, to advocating for legislative change, we work for and with our communities to make a true impact. We believe that, working together, we can create a world where:

  • EQUITY ISN'T PART OF THE EQUATION, IT'S THE ENTIRE EQUATION. We believe that until all of us have equal opportunities, regardless of race, class or gender, none of us can truly claim success. That's why we advocate and educate on equitable rules to the game.
  • EXPERIENCE IS ALWAYS AN ASSET. We believe all that all women have the right to achieve economic stability and have access to equal opportunity. That's why we provide training to mature women so they can find living wage jobs.
  • THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. We believe everyone should have a place to call home. That's why we provide affordable apartments for low-income and disabled elderly in San Francisco.
  • IT'S TIME TO PUT HER INTO HISTORY. We believe women's contributions make herstory. That's why we record their achievements and inspire the next generation of women leaders through our Marin Women's Hall of Fame.
  • About the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project:

    The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a data-visualization, data analysis, and storytelling collective documenting the dispossession of San Francisco Bay Area residents upon gentrifying landscapes. Through digital maps, oral history work, film, murals, and community events, the project renders connections between the nodes and effects of new entanglements of global capital, real estate, high tech, and political economy. It studies the displacement of people but also of complex social worlds as certain spaces become desirable to such entanglements. Maintaining antiracist and feminist analyses as well as decolonial methodology, the project creates tools and disseminates data that contributes to collective resistance and movement building.

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