A Decade of Displacement: The Housing Wars of the 1990s Revisited

24 10 2013

A packed house at A Decade of Displacement: The Housing Wars of the 1990s Revisited, with CCHO’s Fernando Martí and CHP’s James Tracy. Thanks to the Bay Area Radical History Project and Sole Space Oakland.

Photo by Jen Angel

Photo by Jen Angel

Throughout the 1990s, Bay Area activists confronted the first wave of dot.com displacement on multiple fronts, ranging from direct action to grassroots electoral uprisings. Despite some impressive organizing victories, the war against gentrification continues. Fernando Martí (former member of the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition) and James Tracy (former member of the Eviction Defense Network) discuss what it takes to fight for a city from below, through the stories of squatters, home-defenders, populist politicians, land reformers and public housing residents . The talk explores many of the issues still confronting today’s antagonists of displacement:

– With real estate industry strategies tied to global investment patterns, is there any such thing as a local solution to displacement?
– Is it possible to combine direct action and engagement in the local electoral process?
– Is land reform in the global city even possible?

Photo by Chuck Morse

Photo by Chuck Morse


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