Womxn of Color in Anti-Gentrification Activism in Los Angeles

Authors: Kimberly Miranda*, , Carla Osorio Veliz*, Univeristy of Oregon
Topics: Gender, Women, Urban Geography
Keywords: intersectionality, activism, feminism, gentrification, Los Angeles
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Virginia A, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Encountering the intersecting issues of race, class, status and gender, we highlight the role womxn have and currently play in the labor-intensive work in anti-gentrification organizing. Addressing anti-gentrification organizing through an intersectional lens, we aim to fulfill the gaps where gentrification literature falls short in acknowledging community organizing and gender. We interviewed womxn of color and womxn identified activists that confront gentrification in their community. While literature surrounding spatial and urban inequalities stem from principles of hegemonic and racist ideologies that created residential segregation, this paper takes a qualitative approach to address the changing landscape of the Eastside and South Central Los Angeles. We aim to connect larger systemic institutions like police, prison, nonprofits and I.C.E. to the violent forces that are tied and seen as gentrification threats in historically underserved communities of color. Centering the voices of Womxn of Color activists against gentrification, we take on a mixed methods approach to capture their stories, experiences, and perspectives. This approach illustrates the intersections of gentrification that reveals how it is interconnected to other social issues that these activists confront. We stray away from encompassing the specific organizations the activists participate in due to wanting to capture the individual perspective they face in a larger systemic process. In addition, these personalized stories allow us to honor Womxn of Color who endure the struggle for their families, neighbors, well-being and neighborhood.

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