Tuesday, March 29th, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room UL 105, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Forced evictions have created unprecedented trauma and damage across communities with the commodification of housing, the financialization of cities, and the continuous economic crises. This panel explores the anti-gentrification efforts of residents and neighborhood groups in the South Bronx, the immigrant activism that led to the most significant anti-eviction movement in Spain, and the power of critical cartographies, storytelling, and other creative tools documenting dispossession and resistance in gentrifying landscapes in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City.
Terra Graziani is a researcher and tenants’ rights activist based in New York. She founded the Los Angeles chapter of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP), a digital storytelling collective documenting dispossession and resistance in solidarity with gentrifying communities through research, oral history, and data work. Before this, she organized with AEMP in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked in the tenant movement at the Eviction Defense Collaborative and Tenants Together. She is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Terra earned her Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA and her Bachelor’s degree in Social and Cultural Geography at UC Berkeley.
Monxo López is a museum curator, educator, cartographer, and South Bronx-based environmental and urban justice activist. He is an associate curator at the Museum of the City of New York and was a Mapping Fellow at the Design Trust for Public Spaces. Monxo is a founding member of South Bronx Unite, founding member and board member of the Mott Haven/Port Morris Community Land Stewards, the local Community Land Trust. He currently serves as a board member of the Cooper Square Community Land Trust in the Lower East Side. Monxo holds a Ph.D. in political science from CUNY’s Graduate Center, and an MA from Université Laval in Québec, Canada. His academic and curatorial practice revolves around spatiality, mapping, social justice, political theory, and Latinx communities. His writings have been published in Salon.com, LatinoRebels, and NACLA, among other media outlets; and his activist work has been profiled by The New York Times, UrbanOmnibus, and Corriere della Sera.
Gabriela Rendón is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Community Development at The New School and director of the Housing Justice Lab.
This event will be offered in a hybrid format. Please register HERE to join us in person or online. Visitors to campus must provide proof of full vaccination with a booster on arrival to enter. They must check in at the Welcome Center Visitors Desk located at 72 Fifth Avenue (across the street from the panel venue) to receive a guest pass. Please arrive earlier to go through this process. Masks are required on campus at all times.