June 9, 2008
Last Thursday, ACE and REEP attended a Roundtable Discussion hosted by the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA). The discussion was held in conjunction with the opening of an exhibition of political posters on display in CPA's Henry Wong and You King Yee Memorial Gallery.
These posters, from the collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, challenge viewers to grapple with the intertwined effects of gentrification and displacement.
Coalition members from more than ten different community-based organizations, including ACE, gathered to discuss the Right to the City framework within the context of gentrification. As the discussion developed, a number of participants expressed an interest in reviving the Whose Boston? campaign and coalition. Two particular ideas brought forward were refocusing to build a citywide message that our communities are here to stay, and strengthening it by linking more socially conscious artists with organizers.
More information will be available at a special political poster-making workshop with The Design Studio for Social Intervention. This will take place on Saturday, July 12 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Advance registration with firstname.lastname@example.org is required.