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City Rising

City Rising: Youth & Democracy

“City Rising: Youth & Democracy” follows the stories of youth leaders, allies and organizations as they challenge institutional and systemic issues through civic engagement. 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 in pursuit of a more just and equitable future for themselves and the world they live in.

Sociologists, economists and experts like Dr. Veronica Terríquez, Dr. Manuel Pastor, and Ben Kirshner explore the history of youth participating in the civic arena and its impact today.

Follow a variety of stories across the state, where young leaders and organizers campaign for political and social change.

In Fresno, Zophia Trexler and Raymart Catacutan use the power of journalism to keep youth informed and engaged, while uplifting young voices.

In Oakland, Joequisha Hill from the youth organization Youth Together joins the teachers’ strikes to support funding for teacher’s pay and maintain the health and counseling services she and her fellow students need to succeed in school.

In South L.A., Josh Hamm from Boys and Men of Color discusses his work to enact the School Climate Bill of Rights across LAUSD in order to implement restorative justice methods of discipline instead of traditional punitive measures.

In Santa Ana and Merced, Claudia Pérez from Resilience OC and Inés García from 99 rootz explore how undocumented youth can still participate in democracy and have their voices heard, despite their inability to vote.

Meanwhile, Jay Franco from Youth Forward joins a coalition of youth organizations to fight for the Sacramento Kids First Fund, an initiative that looks to expand the city’s budget for youth services and have young people included when deciding where those resources go. 

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Saturday Sep 25, 7:00 AM PDT on Link TV
Sunday Sep 26, 1:00 PM PDT on Link TV
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Caridad - Los Angeles Street Vending Campaign - City Hall
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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56:39
City Rising

S1 E1: City Rising - Gentrification and Displacement

City Rising shows how gentrification is deeply rooted in a history of discriminatory laws and practices in the United States.
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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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