Residents of Highland Park California, along with the Northeast Los Angeles Alliance will be holding a candlelight vigil and silent procession on December 13, 2014 to bring awareness to the negative effects of gentrification such as displacement of residents. The procession will begin at the corner of York Blvd. and Figueroa Street at 5pm and make stops along and around Figueroa Street in front of residences known to be sites of displacement. The stops will provide a safe space for residents to offer their testimony to their community and the press.
The intention of the event is to bring awareness to the negative effects of gentrification such as displacement of working class, poor and immigrant communities. The event will also provide support to this community which is currently facing drastic rent increases and mass evictions as a direct result of gentrification. Highland Park is a community that has been in the news lately for its increasing and very visible gentrification. The debate around the subject has often been heated, but the voices of those most affected have been left out of this debate. For this reason, it's especially important to hear these voices before they're lost.
About Northeast Alliance
The Northeast Alliance is a group of local Northeast Los Angeles residents committed to witnessing and documenting the changing socio-economic landscape of NELA. The group is committed to understanding the full effect of gentrification on immigrant, working class and poor communities and addressing these effects through education, organizing, visual and performing arts and ongoing scholarship. The Northeast Alliance is non-complacent in challenging the prevailing narratives of gentrification by presenting and recording voices of those most affected by its repercussions.