Undesirable, but close-ish to the city >>
Cheap rent / “Rundown” >>
POC / Poor communities move in and build infrastructure
Perceived threat and racist/classist stigma >>
Creatives / students / activists move in for “ethnic” or “edgy” vibe>>
Interest / influx >>
Disposable Incomes and “underground” media hype >>
White-washed hype and govt approval/support >>
Development / Big yucky businesses >>
Rising property prices / Displacement.
Had three workshops at NOWSA 2013 at Melbourne University yesterday and today. More info here
Two empowerment workshops for women* negatively affected by racism and the final one today for WOC and allies. A really good discussion by WOC-only for most of the duration of the workshop, and then 10 minutes of questions and discussion with allies. Tears, catharsis, discovery and elation. I am deeply grateful for everyone for attending and thank you for speaking so eloquently, honestly and passionately.
Below are notes written before the beginning of the workshop and while people were bringing up points (ran out of space).
On a related note, here is the brainstorm from a workshop in late 2012 on mediation between and inclusion of different intersectional identities and grievances in organising for direct actions and events, in the student environmental movement. This was a workshop for ASEN (Australian Student Environment Network).
Other workshops in 2012 were in Sydney, Berlin, Stockholm and Copenhagen about Racism, Inclusive Practices, Gentrification, and Displacement. Wish I had some photos or notes from those! Talked with an asylum-seeker support centre in Copenhagen in Nørrebro about how they organise and structure their service, and revised some stuff to work more effectively with POCs and the local refugee camps.
Over the last three months I interviewed Vietnamese residents and business owners on Illawarra Rd in Marrickville about the white-washing, development and rising housing prices in the neighbourhood; and the displacement and dissipation of a Vietnamese community that has been in Marrickville for 30 years. When I get some time, I will finish editting of the audio and upload those too. Also, I’ll try to post the accompanying writing that I came up with at the time, about the projected white futures of gentrifying neighbourhoods, how invisibilising current immigrant communities is a systematic strategy to sell property and “upgrade” trendy hipster towns all over the Western world.
Please feel free to write to me and ask me any questions.