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City Rising

City Rising: Gentrification and Displacement

This multi-platform documentary shows how gentrification is deeply rooted in a history of discriminatory laws and practices in the United States. City Rising follows the journey of California communities that are fighting gentrification and features a growing movement of advocates seeking responsible development across the state. People of color who cherish their neighborhood's culture and sense of community are mobilizing against unsustainable rents and other forces that they see are pushing neighbors into homelessness.

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Episode
56:39
City Rising

S3 E1: City Rising - Youth & Democracy

This third season of the “City Rising” series will demystify the role and work of youth organizations in California, demonstrating how young people are organizing their communities to participate in public policy and make lasting change.
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Episode
56:52
City Rising

S2 E1: City Rising - The Informal Economy

California is the world's fifth largest economy — yet, hiding in plain sight are workers who labor off the books, unprotected and unregulated. Follow four California workers organizing to find pathways for legalization and protection.
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Episode
15:29
City Rising

E4: Impact

Laws that favor property owners and real estate developers have left many residents without a safety net to protect themselves from displacement.
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Episode
15:44
City Rising

E1: Legacy

From the displacement of Native peoples to the enforcement of Jim Crow, the history of in U.S. land policy and practice is a history of inequities.
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Episode
14:15
City Rising

E2: Resilience

Communities that have historically been disinvested, such as Boyle Heights, Santa Ana and East Oakland, have established rich community networks, informal economies and culture.
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Episode
13:52
City Rising

E3: Return to the Cities

Cities have become more entrepreneurial, seeking private investment that fuels large-scale gentrification.
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Episode
16:54
City Rising

E5: Mobilization

As more tenants face displacement, they are recognizing their power in numbers and creating a “renter nation” movement advocating for their right to property and equitable development.
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15:13
City Rising

E6: The Future

As more people realize they will never be homeowners, renters are thinking about their rights and refusing to yield decision-making to owners and developers.
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