Development without Displacement Arrives at City Council

On the morning of September 11th, more than 60 of our members launched our Development without Displacement campaign by attending the first City Council Meeting of the fall session. We announced our campaign with numbers, and showed our collective unity by filling the council chamber while wearing our new green Development without Displacement shirts.

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The goal of our action was to show City Council that our coalition consisting of many of the core community, disability, faith, labor, and urban agriculture groups as the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, is going to continue to fight for accessible affordable housing and fresh food production. Similar to our last campaign to pass a fair, accountable, and transparent Land Bank, we have joined together to pass a suite of legislation that can slow the tide of displacement that is sweeping over many of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

Our call to fight displacement in Philadelphia’s communities resonated with at least one council person. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson draped one of our shirts on the back of his chair in support of Development without Displacement. He also pleasantly surprised us by announcing and welcoming our coalition to the entire chamber.

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After the action we held a spirited debrief outside of City Hall. We’re excited to be working together to launch this campaign to ensure Development without Displacement!

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Join the Phila. Coalition for Affordable Communities for a film screening and interactive workshop to learn about the Civil Rights roots of the Community Land Trust movement and about what is happening to build this movement in Philadelphia.

We will be at Liberty Resources (112 N. 8th St.) on the 2nd Floor in the Wade Blank Room.




* About the film: Arc of Justice traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. (NCI) in southwest Georgia, a story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles.

NCI was created in 1969 in Albany, Georgia by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including Congressman John Lewis, and Charles and Shirley Sherrod, to help secure economic independence for African American families. For 15 years, NCI cooperatively farmed nearly 6,000 acres, the largest tract of land in the United States owned by African Americans at the time, but racist opposition prevented them from implementing plans to build 500 affordable homes as part of their community land trust. You can learn more at: www.arcofjusticefilm.com
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The Civil Rights Roots of Community Land Trusts

June 28, 2017, 6:00pm - June 28, 2017, 7:00pm

112 N 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2422, United States

Join the Phila. Coalition for Affordable Communities for a film screening and interactive workshop to learn about the Civil Rights roots of the Community Land Trust movement and about what is happening to build this movement in Philadelphia. We will be at Liberty Resources (112 N. 8th St.) on the 2nd Floor in the Wade Blank Room. * About the film: Arc of Justice traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. (NCI) in southwest Georgia, a story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles. NCI was created in 1969 in Albany, Georgia by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including Congressman John Lewis, and Charles and Shirley Sherrod, to help secure economic independence for African American families. For 15 years, NCI cooperatively farmed nearly 6,000 acres, the largest tract of land in the United States owned by African Americans at the time, but racist opposition prevented them from implementing plans to build 500 affordable homes as part of their community land trust. You can learn more at: www.arcofjusticefilm.com

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Tomorrow night! Join the PHL Assembled Reconstructions team for a house raising ceremony and celebration at the "Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood" site. ... See MoreSee Less

Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood / Housewarming Celebration

June 1, 2017, 5:30pm - June 1, 2017, 8:00pm

Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood

Join us for a house-raising ceremony and housewarming celebration as we put the finishing touches on the framework for an affordable house at the “Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood” site at Tillmon Community Garden in Olde/South Kensington. The evening will feature the performance of "Neighbors?" a Philadelphia scene grappling with gentrification and displacement, scripted by playwright Mona Washington and performed by Tony Kamani and Asaki Kuruma. This site is realized in collaboration with affordable housing advocates including Women's Community Revitalization Project, Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities, Healthy Rowhouse Project, and Tillmon Garden. The program includes contributions from featured artists and collaborators Lisa Adjei, Betty Leacraft, Brujo de la Mancha, Staci Moore, Tieshka K Smith, Denise Valentine, and Mona R. Washington.

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