Neighborhood Youth Organizing in ‘Resistance’ to Gentrification

Posted on: April 15th, 2013 at 10:30 am by


Came across a number of these flyers around the neighborhood recently, which advertise a weekly event called React! NYC. The “free arts program” targets the local youth who might be affected by the hyper-gentrification of late. It starts today at Project Reach on Eldridge Street (previously sidelined by fire), and will continue every Monday through May 13.

Here’s the pitch:

Come to React!

A free arts program for young people, ages 16-21, in the LES to reflect, share stories and create art in resistance to all the gentrification that has been/is occurring in our neighborhoods.

On a related note, this politically-charged video centered on gentrification of Oakland bears some similarities to what’s happening around the Lower East Side.

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