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Today is the start of the 4th Annual Gentrification Conference, and it's not too late to register for this weekend's events! Click here to register for this weekend's Gentrification Conference. 

Since this years Gentrification Conference is mostly virtual this year,  here is a guide on how to navigate this years conference and Teachable, the platform being utilized for the conference. This guide has a conference timeline, as well as information on ASL translation & Zoom recordings.
Tonight, Teen Empowerment will show a 25-min. documentary that was a result of Teen Empowerment Youth History Ambassadors interviewing and working with elders who lived in the thriving Clarissa Street community during the 1940s-60s, through redlining and then displaced by urban renewal/removal. The documentary is titled: Clarissa Uprooted: Youth & Elders Uncover the Story of Black Rochester.

Clarissa Uprooted depicts the Third Ward as a microcosm of Rochester, and many northern US cities’, history – from neighborhood camaraderie, international jazz music and thriving black-owned businesses, to redlining, urban renewal, and other racist backlash.

Attendees will get a window into the lived experience of African American resilience and resistance in the face of racist policies, and how youth and elders are working together to use history as a tool to help our community repair the harm.

Clarissa Uprooted (2020) is a collaboration between Teen Empowerment, Clarissa Street Reunion Committee, and Rochester Community Television, produced by their Youth Media Team.
This ticketed and socially distanced event will be held at Douglass Auditorium. It will be available via Zoom as well!
Rochester-born Gus Newport has dedicated his life to promoting racial and social justice. Beginning his activism in the 1950’s in Rochester, amidst longstanding racial oppression of its Black and Brown residents and the subsequent Rochester Uprising of 1964, Gus became the leader of the Monroe County Nonpartisan Political League.

Later, Gus rose to national prominence as the progressive mayor of Berkeley, California from 1979 to 1986, where he led the city to be the first to divest from companies that supported South Africa’s apartheid government.

After serving as mayor, he became involved with housing and environmental justice alongside the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative outside of Boston, MA and served on an advisory board to oversee the rebuilding of New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. In recent years, he has campaigned for his close friend Bernie Sanders.

Join us tomorrow to hear more about Gus’s experiences fighting for justice and empowering communities of color.
Tomorrow afternoon, there will be a series of workshops for you to choose from! 
  • While working with PLEX, Dorian & Dorothy Hall witnessed the undermining of many neighborhood concerns about development projects, specifically located in PLEX, EMMA, Cobbs Hill, Charlotte, and Downtown Rochester. Dorian has put together a strategy to push against the City of Rochester and a Developer to clean up contaminated land in their neighborhood, while introducing the innovative idea of Community Benefit Agreements to the city. Join the Hall families tomorrow to learn about using policies to change the future of our communities.
  • Join us, City Roots Community Land Trust to hear about the historical context of capitalist exploitation in the housing system locally, the power of community land trusts in fighting gentrification, and ways participants can join the struggle for community control of land!
  • Justin Murphy, education reporter for the Democrat & Chronicle, will give a presentation linking housing and school segregation. His research documents the way housing policy was parlayed in the Rochester City School District in the 1950 and 1960s, including evidence of the district intentionally using redlined real estate boundaries as school attendance zone lines.

    Justin Murphy grew up in Penfield and attended the University of Chicago and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
  •  The Rochester Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will discuss some of the “whys” behind gentrification and how it fits within the broader landscape of our society. We will ask, who stands to gain profit and political power from gentrification? ROC DSA is the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. They believe that working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few.
We're so excited! Be sure to register today to join in on the fun! If you aren't able to attend, Zoom recording will available on Teachable after they conclude.
How to Become a Member

City Roots Community Land Trust is 501.c.3 community controlled non-profit working to establish lasting affordability in our communities here in Rochester, NY. City Roots acquires land and improvements (houses, apartments, commercial buildings, gardens, playgrounds, etc) and then puts it to our members to decide how it should be used.

You qualify as a member if you live within the City Rochester and you meet two of the three qualifications: 1) Pay $25 annual dues; 2) Attend at least 4 CLT meetings within 12 months; and 3) Volunteer in some capacity on behalf of the CLT.

Click here to fill out a City Roots CLT Membership Form! 
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