Haitian Perspectives in Film with Michael Sheridan of CSFilms

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Going beyond disaster reporting, these films will ensure the experiences and points of view of Haitians are included in the international conversation about what has and has not happened since the 2010 7.0 earthquake – one of the world’s worst disasters. The films will also be used to increase dialogue and influence public policy internationally and in Haiti regarding effective foreign aid and sustainable development.

MEDIATING GENTRIFICATION: HOW ONE COMMUNITY CREATED UNITY OUT OF DIVISIVENESS

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It is possible for communities to come together in respect for the needs of all residents, both old and new. It is possible for people to grow and for community life to benefit from honest contention that is respectfully shared.

Beth Roy will talk about an example of such an approach when she mediated an intense dispute in a San Francisco neighborhood. Drawing on her mediation there, she extracts directions for re-thinking facets of the work with a social justice perspective.

Housing Justice and Racial Inequality in Jamaica Plain

The 5th annual State of Our Neighborhood, organized by JPNET, JPNDC, SJPHC, ESMS, JP Forum and numerous neighborhood organizational co-sponsors was held on Febuary 26th. Over three hundred people came together to discuss housing justice issues within Jamaica Plain and Boston. The audience heard from several local officials as they committed to promote just-cause evictions, secure more affordable housing and fight for livable wages.

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