Housing justice requires more than just policy solutions; it demands that we understand the systems and tactics that have been used to perpetuate racial exclusion in housing throughout history, and furthermore, respond with approaches that directly seek to repair historic and present day forms of housing injustice that most deeply impact low-income, Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.
Join us for a collective conversation about our region’s history of racially exclusionary housing and how local movements are building new systems for housing justice, reparations, and community control from the ground up. We will explore the roles that local governments, funders and financial institutions, community organizations, and others can play in developing partnerships, allocating resources, and advancing policy changes to bring these systems to scale.
- Corrina Gould, Co-Founder of Sogorea Te’ Land Trust
- Noni Session, Executive Director of East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative
- Eli Moore & Nicole Montojo, Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley
The present era of gentrification and displacement is built upon a foundation of exclusion and dispossession that established massive inequities in who owned land, had access to the means of financing, and held political power which have largely determined who can call the Bay Area home. The lasting impact of these historic processes is clearly evident in our region, where racial residential segregation levels have persisted and, by some measures, even worsened since the 1970s.
We cannot move forward without confronting the past. What would it mean to make it right?
Read the report, Roots, Race, and Place: A History of Racially Exclusionary Housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, at https://belonging.berkeley.edu/rootsraceplace
This event is co-sponsored by the Othering & Belonging Institute, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, Sogorea Te' Land Trust, and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity.
Note: This event is wheelchair accessible. Kindly refrain from wearing scented products.