Activists on Screen: Affordable Housing

13 Apr (15:00)
- 23 Apr (23:00)
Activists On Screen: Affordable Housing
Activists on Screen: Affordable Housing

⌚️2024-04-13 15:00:00 –
🏢1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St, New York, NY, United States, New York 10029

Join us for a screening and conversation about struggles for affordable housing in New York past and present. On the occasion of Fair Housing Month, we're screening Rabble Rousers (2022, 83 min). Learn about the decades-long fight for affordable housing in Cooper Square led by organizer Frances Goldin and many others, as well as current movements for housing across the city—including Community Land Trusts, which own and promote community-led development of land.

A conversation with housing activists and Rabble Rousers filmmakers follows the screenings.

About Rabble Rousers:
In 1959 New York City announced a “slum clearance plan” by Robert Moses that would displace 2,400 working class and immigrant families, and dozens of businesses, from the Cooper Square section of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Guided by the belief that urban renewal should benefit – not displace – residents, a working mother named Frances Goldin and her neighbors formed the Cooper Square Committee (CSC) and launched a campaign to save the neighborhood. Over five decades they fought politicians, developers, white flight, government abandonment, blight, violence, arson, drugs, and gentrification – cyclical forces that have destroyed so many working class neighborhoods across the US. Through tenacious organizing and hundreds of community meetings, they not only held their ground but also developed a vision of community control. Fifty three years later, they established the state’s first community land trust – a diverse, permanently affordable neighborhood in the heart of the “real estate capital of the world.”

Activists on Screen is a new documentary film series examining NYC’s longstanding engagement with social activism, inspired by the Museum's centennial and our ongoing exhibition Activist New York. The series is programmed by Sarah Seidman, MCNY's Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism, and film curator Melissa Lyde, founder and creator of Alfreda's Cinema.


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