Jan 21, 2020
This episode is a conversation about gentrification and displacement that goes deeper than the average media story. It starts with applying an historical context of colonialism to gentrification, in which powerful forces displaced whole communities with profound and lasting consequences to economic stability, cultural identity and access to homeland. This is the lens that the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) brings to their coalition building work with AAPI communities across the nation. Anjan Chaudhry, Director of Community Empowerment, talks to Power Station about the legacy of colonialism within AAPI communities and how it informed the shaping of a new and important resource, National CAPACD’s Our Neighborhoods Anti-Displacement Toolkit. The Toolkit is a resource that helps community groups to push back against municipalities and private developers whose plans would destroy Chinatowns and other established neighborhoods and displace families and businesses. It is also a pro-active tool for generating what many communities lack, from affordable housing to grocery stores. Chhaya CDC in Queens, and ACT LA are just some of the organizations that are leading effective campaigns, some of which are youth led, to create the change they want to see.