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The Informal Economy: The History of Workers' Rights

From the beginning of our nation’s history our laws, institutions and social norms have contributed to the creation of a segmented or dual economy. We look at different eras and movements defining the informal economy and the systematic dislocation of many people from the labor market — including people of color, women and immigrants. To overcome these barriers to entry into the regulated job market, many have found alternative ways to make a living in a parallel informal economy.

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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.