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The War against the Homeless and the Poor: The Racial Cleansing of LA’s Ski...

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University of Salford, Room MS3.02

Mary Seacole Building

Frederick Road Campus, The Crescent

Salford

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This is the story of the struggle over space in central Los Angeles, where a fierce and fairly successful campaign to preserve the right to the city and its streets for all has driven business interests to carry out increasingly extreme campaigns to cleanse the poor and people of colour from the city centre. This presentation looks at the wider US context of housing where property values have long been determined by racial ideologies, and how this has driven the efforts to racially and socially cleanse downtown. It examines the use of Business Improvement Districts to privatise and secure downtown’s public spaces, efforts conducted in partnership with the city and district attorneys to criminalise and incarcerate residents over issues of quality of life and addiction, and partnership with the LA County Health Department in an attempt to use public health and hygiene interventions to displace those without homes. These efforts only highlight the power of the vibrant grassroots struggle in coalition against displacement, and how they have worked to build the existing community’s own vision of downtown’s transformation through art, rooftop gardens, and work to end violence.


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Andrea Gibbons is a researcher at the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford, with a PhD in Geography from the LSE and an MA from UCLA in Urban Planning. She is a writer, editor and popular educator with over ten years of organizing experience in L.A. and London working on issues of community planning and civic participation, immigration rights, development and gentrification, slum housing and public health. She sits on the editorial board of the academic journal City. Her first book, City of Segregation, is forthcoming from Verso.

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