Pushed Out is a short documentary film created in The Representation Project’s 2020 Youth Media Academy. Oakland has become more and more modernized and safe due to gentrification. It looks like these new changes are all great, but once you look closer, you see the damage gentrification has had on Oakland natives.
Film Festival Acceptances: WCTE-PBS Student Film Festival, Youth Advisory Council’s first Flip the Script film festival, SonderBlu Film Festival
CALLS TO ACTION
Questions for discussion following the viewing:
1. Before watching this film, had you ever heard the word “gentrification”? Did you know the meaning behind it?
2. Has gentrification made its way into your community? How do people view it? If it hasn’t made its way into your community, what do you think would be the reaction to it?
3. Have you ever thought that many families and elders were evicted from their homes and businesses in lower-income communities due to gentrification?
4. Do you know anyone who has been displaced from their business or home? How does that make you feel?
5. Have you or someone you know ever experienced being on the verge of losing everything due to Gentrification?
Feel inspired? Please consider selecting at least one of the following to bring about positive change in our society.
Calls to Action for Pushed Out
1. Support small mom-and-pop businesses in your community.
2. Sign Petitions that seek to support rent control, seek to limit the number of big businesses that come into your community, and seek to support the roots of the community in which you live.
3. Go to Protests with others in your community who recognize that gentrification has long-lasting effects on the community it impacts and the families who reside there.
4. Surround yourself with people who want to bring social change in the world
5. Call the Tenant Rights Hotline (888) 495-8020
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