Organizing in the Gone City: Conversation with Dick Walker and Bay Area Organizers against Gentrification and Displacement

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
1433 Madison St, Oakland (Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California)

A conversation with Dick Walker on his latest book, Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity  in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The San Francisco Bay Area is a jewel in the crown of capitalism—the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Gold Rush. The Bay boasts of being the Left Coast, home of green cities, and the best place for workers in the USA. So, what could be wrong?

Join us to examine the dark side of this success: overheated, exploding inequality, and severe environmental damage—and how Pictures of a Gone City can help us build power and win in these changing and challenging times.

Dick Walker is one of those rare scholars who helps us understand the world in order to change it. A professor emeritus of geography at UC Berkeley, he has long been a resource for Bay Area activists seeking to understand where we live and work, its local dynamics and global context. Pictures of a Gone City—sweeping in scope and exquisitely detailed—examines the political economy and class structure of the region; displacement, internal migration and the growth of its cities; and its history of environmental and political organizing.

Join LeftRoots and the The Center for Political Education for an evening with radical geographer Dick Walker. He will be joined by on-the-ground organizers against gentrification, displacement, and exploitation by the tech industry in the Bay Area, including:

• Vanessa Moses, of Causa Justa Just Cause
• Alex Tom, of Chinese Progressive Association
• Divya Sundar, of ASATA – Alliance of South Asians Taking Action

You don't want to miss this important conversation on the political economy of the Bay Area and what grassroots community organizations are doing today to reclaim it for working people and communities of color.

Wheelchair accessible.

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