Roxbury: Uprise: Celebrating 45 Years of Resistance

May 19, 2018 at 6pm - 10pm EDT
pin | Annunciation Melkite Catholic Cathedral7 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132
(617) 323-5248

IT'S OUR 45TH BIRTHDAY, and we're celebrating nearly half a century of stopping evictions, building community, and winning the "impossible" through people-power!

TRAVEL THROUGH THE DECADES of a multimedia art installation illuminating City Life/Vida Urbana's 45 years of struggle and victories, winning social justice and stopping evictions. The gathering will also include food, a light program, and hundreds of incredible fighters like you.

FOUNDED IN 1973 by local residents with roots in the civil rights, feminist, and anti-Vietnam War movements, City Life/Vida Urbana has focused on stabilizing Boston's neighborhoods of color by stopping evictions and displacement.

Over the decades, City Life’s members have fought and won many battles thought to be unwinnable. Throughout the 1970's and '80's, we helped tenants facing displacement organize unions and win sustainable leases with their landlords. We won the conversion of several buildings, including the old Bowditch School building in Jamaica Plain, into permanently affordable housing. When the foreclosure crisis hit in 2007, City Life organized a pathbreaking resistance to displacement, and sparked a national “Bank Tenant Movement.” 

Now in 2018, we're on the verge of passing crucial tenant rights legislation at the MA Statehouse, the Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act, which will give thousands of tenants timely tools to help them defend their homes.

City Life's legacy belongs to you, our fierce community. CELEBRATE our struggles and victories at UPRISE with us!