I chose the topic of gentrification. The non-profit organization that I chose to look into is called “Right to the City”. This non-profit organization formed in 2007 in response to gentrification. This organization fights for the displaced low-income people, people of color, marginalized LGBTQ communities, and youths of color. This organization states “We are a national alliance of racial, economic and environmental justice organizations”. This organization is building a national movement for racial justice, urban justice, human rights, and democracy. “RTTC seeks to create regional and national impacts in the fields of housing, human rights, urban land, community development, civic engagement, criminal justice, environmental justice, and many more”. This organization holds urban congresses in different cities so that stakeholders can share models and strategies for organizing in their city. I find this really innovative and efficient in terms of everyone being on the same page with information and so organizing protests is more efficient. This organization is all over the United States which is really interesting because not many organizations are widespread. This organization helps the public become aware of the negative impacts of gentrification. “This organizations goal is to build a city where tenants, homeowners, youth, women, workers, citizens, and immigrants are respected and can meaningfully participate in a democratic process, shape the development plan for their city, live in a healthy environment, and have access to quality jobs and housing.” RTTC coordinates trans-local work groups, profiles members victories and experimentation to promote solutions to the economic crisis at the national level and shares organizing models and resources so that new member groups and allies can move this vision forward.
Here is the link to their website: http://righttothecity.org