Lisa Owens, the Executive Director of City Life/Vida Urbana, inspires the crowd at the organization's 45th birthday celebration.
Over 300 people celebrated grassroots work to prevent evictions at City Life/Vida Urbana's 45th birthday bash, Uprise.
City Life members and supporters busted a move at the end of the organization's 45th anniversary celebration.
Housing justice organizers and supporters of City Life/Vida Urbana celebrated at City Life's 45th anniversary party.
Roxbury-born actress and singer Lovely Hoffman performed a rendition of Andra Day's song "I'll Rise Up" for City Life/Vida Urbana's 45th birthday bash.
Gail Appling and Andres Del Castillo MC'd City Life/Vida Urbana's 45th birthday celebration, Uprise, on May 19th.
Multimedia installations including video documentaries chronicled City Life/Vida Urbana's housing justice victories over the group's 45 year history at Uprise.
Red Sage Stories performed improvisational theater based on stories of displacement and resistance that they gathered from the audience.
Multimedia installations including large-scale collage brought to life City Life/Vida Urbana's housing justice victories over the group's 45 year history at Uprise.
Celebrate Black history and take action for racial justice! Honor the legacy of one of Boston's greatest leaders for housing justice, the late Jim Brooks. Then TAKE ACTION - MAKE CALLS to the MA State legislators to SUPPORT the Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act. And turn on the volume for this video - you won't want to miss the beautiful song in it. #YesOnJimBrooks
Read the wrap-up of our State House hearing on the Jim Brooks Act in Banker and Tradesman! ThenMake calls to PASS the Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act TODAY! Find numbers here: https://www.facebook.com/events/219483488621371/ #YesOnJimBrooks
How can we stop the displacement crisis? Steve Meacham, our longtime Community Organizer, talks about REAL ANSWERS on the nationally-syndicated podcast Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon. LISTEN HERE: http://radioopensource.org/gimme-shelter/
Latino families facing eviction by City Realty Group at 26 School Street in Egleston Square joined with City Realty's other tenants who are also facing displacement just a few blocks away - El Embajador Dominican Restaurant and De Chain Auto Service. Fox 25 News covered the story after 200+ JP and Roxbury neighbors flooded the streets on November 21st, marching to the restaurant for an "eat-in" to support the 26-year-old local, Latino-owned business. Watch here:
Our victory with Right to The City Boston in passing the Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act made national news! Check out this article on the growing national renters rights movement in Shelterforce.
Spare Change News covers the landmark passage of the Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act by the Boston City Council. The Act now heads to the MA state legislature, where a swift passage is crucial. #WhenWeFightWeWin!
More coverage of the Boston City Council passing the Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act! Watch below from Boston Neighborhood Network.
WE WON! On Friday, October 6th, 2017, the Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act was signed by Boston's mayor. This took almost 3 years of organizing - we testified at City Council hearings, spoke out at rallies, joined forces with other grassroots organizations, door-knocked, strategized, called our officials, produced videos, spread the word on social media, and pushed a city-wide popular campaign. Now we're celebrating VICTORY!
But this is a beginning, not an end. The Jim Brooks Act is a home-rule petition, so it must now pass the Massachusetts state legislature. We're organizing so that will happen ASAP. And, since this Act is one small step on the longer road to stopping Boston's displacement crisis, we're also engaging our leaders on the front-lines of the crisis to envision stronger solutions - and we're building toward those solutions. Check out our photos on Facebook by clicking below!