100 Malcolm X Blvd
Join us for film screenings and a discussion about the history of community organizing in Roxbury’s Dudley neighborhood. Roxbury residents successfully organized in the 1970s and 80s and fought the City of Boston to push back against toxic and illegal dumping – and won. In the devastating aftermath of the Great Recession, they again came together to revitalize and rebuild their community.
Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Location: ISBCC 3rd Floor Function Hall – 100 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury 02120
Hosts: ISBCC, Neighbors for Neighbors, Reclaim Roxbury, Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)
About the films:
Holding Ground is at once a cautionary tale of urban policies gone wrong and a message of hope for all American cities.
In 1985, African-American, Latino, Cape Verdean, and European-American residents in Roxbury, MA united to revitalize their community. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative went on to gain national recognition as residents fought to close down illegal dumps, gain unprecedented control of land from City Hall and create a comprehensive plan to rebuild the fabric of their community. Through the voices of committed residents, activists and city officials, this moving documentary shows how a Boston neighborhood was able to create and carry out its own agenda for change.
Foreclosures. Unemployment. Childhood poverty. All these problems have hit American communities hard during the Great Recession.
Gaining Ground, a follow-up to the award-winning documentary Holding Ground (1996), shows how one diverse Boston neighborhood has managed to stem the tide against enormous odds. Building on a 25-year legacy of innovative community organizing, a new generation of Dudley Street neighborhood leaders has managed to foster hope and create opportunity in challenging times.
Food will be served!