Reflections on doing the work

City Life Vida Urban and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Keywords: organizing, housing justice, gentrification, anti-displacement, anti-eviction

In this collaborative reflection, members of City Life / Vida Urbana (based in Boston) and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City) describe more about their collectives and approaches to community-based and antiracist research, action, and knowledge production for housing justice in the US.

City Life/Vida Urbana is a grassroots community organization committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power. We promote individual empowerment, develop community leaders and build collective power to effect systemic change and transform society.

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a data-visualization, critical cartography, and multimedia storytelling collective documenting dispossession and resistance upon gentrifying landscapes. Primarily working in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City, the volunteer-based collective produces digital maps, software and tools, narrative multimedia work, murals, reports, and community events.

Manissa Maharawal is an assistant professor of anthropology at American University whose research focuses on the spatial and temporal dynamics of contemporary urban social movements in the United States, from Occupy Wall Street and anti-gentrification activism to Black Lives Matter.

Erin McElroy is co-founder of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, and is also part of the Radical Housing Journal’s editorial collective. Erin’s research focuses on intersections of property, technology, race, housing, and empire, and is an incoming assistant professor of American studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

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