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City Rising

S3 E1: City Rising - Youth & Democracy (Preview)

“City Rising: Youth & Democracy” explores how youth leaders, allies and organizations challenge institutional and systemic issues through civic engagement. Faced with the effects of underfunded public services, a lack of representation, mass deportations and overcriminalization, young people organize their communities to make lasting change in pursuit of a more just and equitable future.  

Hear from sociologists, economists and experts including Dr. Veronica Terríquez (Associate Professor Sociology Department at the University of California Santa Cruz), Dr. Manuel Pastor (Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California), California State Senator Holly Mitchell and Dr. Ben Kirshner (Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Education). See how young organizers like Zofia Trexler and Raymart Catacutan in Fresno; Jae Hill from the organization Youth Together in Oakland; Joshua Ham from Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition in South Los Angeles; Claudia Pérez from Resilience OC in Santa Ana; Inés García from 99Rootz in Merced; and Jay Franco from Youth Forward are working to shape the future.

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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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56:38
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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15:44
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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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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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
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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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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