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City Roots is working to empower residents and preserve affordability in our neighborhoods, but we can't do it without YOU!  Join us every Third Thursday, 5:30pm at 441 Ministries (441 Parsells Ave).

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Dear Friends of City Roots CLT,

Lots of Exciting things are happening at CIty Roots and in housing justice initiatives around the city!

Come out TONIGHT to our Third Thursday meeting at 441 Parsells ave from 5:30pm-7pm. Specifically we'll be talking about why we need a Community Land Trust.
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City Roots CLT Annual Meeting Report

The board presented its Annual Report on what we've accomplished in 2018 and where we plan to go from here. Members gave input and voted on 2019's slate of board directors. 

Here's what went on:
  • Concentric skills: We had an opportunity to learn more about the other folks involved with City Roots 
  • Annual Report presented by the board
  • We voted to approve the board slate and discuss proposed amendment to bylaws
  • Below is the new board and the new amendment
New Board Member Slate 
  • Lessee Representatives (2 slots to be filled)
    • Elizabeth McGriff
    • Dorian Hall
  • General Representatives (2 slots to be filled)
    • Wallace Smith
    • Doreen Young
  • Public Representatives (2 slots to be filled)
    • Jim Pergolizzi
    • Joe Di Fiore

Passed Amendment to our bylaws. Currently the bylaws call for us to have our Annual Meeting during the fourth quarter of the year.  The board would like to amend the bylaws to allow for the meeting to be held in the first quarter of each year.  From section 6b (proposed changes in red):

" Annual Meetings. Subsequent to the First Annual Meeting, the Annual Meeting of the Membership, for reports to the Membership by the Board of Directors and Officers, the election of Directors, the assessment of dues, and the transaction of other business, shall be held in the fourth first quarter of each year. The location and 5 specific time of the Annual Meeting shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Notice of the Annual Meeting shall include a list of those persons nominated for the Board of Directors as provided in ARTICLE III: of these Bylaws."

Thank you to Speedy Slice for the Pizza!
Thank you to 441 Ministries for the space!


Thank you to the Rochester Area Community Foundation for providing City Roots with a $2,000 grant as part of their NeighborGood initiative! Together we've raised over $10,500 toward our home rehab project in 2019 alone!

You can still donate below!
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History of Rochester Gentrification

Facilitated by educator Shane Wiegand of the City Roots Community Land Trust this workshop will explore and deconstruct the history of redlining, restrictive covenants, and racist/discriminatory housing practices throughout Rochester's history of urban development.

How have these exploitative practices led to the disinvestment of the inner city, downtown; eventually leading to displacement in the present is just one of many essential questions that will be explored.

What individual and collective actions can we take today to dismantle and end systematic displacement of marginalized communities and persons of color?

---> Register and pay ($10) online
----> This class is open to all ages 4 grade and up
----> Open to all members of the community interested in learning more about the gentrification in Rochester in a historical context

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ASL interpreting can be provided with at least 10 days advance novice. Once registered course fee is non-refundable and cannot be applied to a future class or event.

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For more information on other events at 540WMain, visit:
Why Community Land Trusts?
CLT Committees
City roots has various committees that meet throughout the month to help move us forward in our mission (community control, permanent affordability, and development without displacement).  Current committees are - Policy & Governance; Finance; Technology; and Outreach.  

Looking to get involved? For more information, contact
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