Emerald (ze/hir), is a housing activist and member of the board of the South Bay Community Land Trust (SBLCT). Emerald talked about what runaway housing costs look like in the area and discussed their particular effects on oppressed populations like queer youth and elders.
Vasudha Kumar is a resident of California’s Silicon Valley. After playing a leading role in a multi-year campaign to stop a new Google megacampus, Vasudha now studies the dynamics of economic displacement in cities around the U.S.
David Carbajal Torres organizes with Tenants United Santa Ana (Tú Santa Ana). shows how rent hikes and gentrification displace immigrant communities. David also discussed the community resistance to displacement through organizing, culture, and community ties.
Noni Session is the Executive Director of the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative in Oakland, California. In a city with a deep Black radical history and some of the most pronounced modern-day displacement, EB PREC is building shared economic and community power by preserving land without landlords.