"We Won't Move": Panel on Policing and Gentrification
From March 26 until June 15, 2015, the Interference Archive featured an exhibition entitled, “ We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in New York City.” This exhibition embodied an exploration of collective actions by NYC tenants organizing for affordable housing from the 1940s to the present.
As a part of this exhibition, on April 30th, 2015, local organizers and academics came together to discuss the intersections between policing and housing politics. This panel consisted of four panelists, Joan Gibbs, an activist/writer/attorney, Mayzabeth Ginger Lopez, an organizer for GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side), Victor Moses of Equality for Flatbush, and Marcus Moore of Picture the Homeless. With an introduction by moderator Christina Hanhardt, the author of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence, the panelists highlighted the increased police presence in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, discussed the consequences of heavy policing targeting people in public housing, and emphasized the need for more affordable housing with better living conditions.
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Who Ready? An Interview with Ras Ceylon and Alia Sharrief
Given the reality of Black Lives Matter and the war on terror, is there an upsurge in positive, conscious hip hop? Naved Husain talks to hip hop power couple, MCs Ras Ceylon and Alia Sharrief about being Muslim in hip hop, the upsurge in positive rap, and their Heal Lanka project, which is dedicated to the goals of peace in conflict-ridden Sri Lanka.
"ReGeneration" by Ras Ceylon feat. Tragedy Khadafi & Buxaburn
On Violence: Poetry by Ramya Ramana, Paul Tran, and Crystal Valentine
On April 15, 2015, as a part of an event organized by the A/P/A Institute, three poets/spoken word artists presented their work based on personal experiences of violence and how they are linked to larger cultural and systemic forms of state-sanctioned violence.
This event featured the poems and spoken word pieces of Ramya Ramana, Crystal Valentine, and Paul Tran.