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Counterpoints, the Atlas - CFP
Hi folks! We at the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project wanted to follow up about our new Atlas project, Counterpoints! We wrote you not so long ago requesting your support in funding the project. First and foremost, we want thank those who contributed so much for their crucial support. We're still taking donations to go to design workbut we also are now soliciting ideas, images, and maps! 

And so, we are inviting scholars, activists, policy analysts, artists, and organizers whose substantive focus is on the Bay Area -- either historical or contemporary -- to contribute to a collaborative atlas visualizing and exploring the causes, dynamics, and consequences of displacement in the Bay Area.

Read more below or check out our CFP online!
 



Contributors interested in expanding the public impact of their work are invited to consider how their research speaks to the ongoing housing crisis in the Bay Area and submit a proposal (<500 word) describing

  • (a) the data and/or narrative they would like to contribute,

  • (b) how their submission contributes to understanding and/or resisting the forces behind displacement in the Bay Area today, and

  • (c) how their submission fits into one or more of the themes listed below.

You may also simply submit a map, image or data visualization that you feel communicates something powerful about one of the below themes.

We are happy to consider visual work that has already appeared in other publications, assuming permission can be granted. Similarly, if you have amateur cartographic or GIS work that you feel communicates something important but is not quite professional in quality, don’t hesitate to submit. The AEMP will work closely with researchers throughout the editorial process to help visualize or revisualize data (e.g. stylize cartographic data, illustrate narrative data) and integrate contributors voices into the final atlas in the form of self-attributed, written contributions of approximately 1000 words each.

The AEMP is particularly interested in submissions that explore the themes of: colonialism and indigenous resistance; evictions; migration/relocation; public health, public housing, and environmental racism; land speculation; the gentrification-to-prison pipeline; and transportation infrastructure and economy. Please see below or more information on each of these themes.

We are also particularly interested in work that incorporates the full Bay Area, or those parts of the Bay Area not commonly discussed or studied, including parts of Northern California impacted by the region’s transformation which may not be part of the formal 9-county region.

Please submit all proposals to antievictionmap at riseup.net by February 18, 2018.
 

Themes

 

Evictions

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project emerged in 2013 in a context in which evictions were rising throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, from Oakland to San Jose, from San Mateo to San Francisco. This growth of displacement is the result of a number of factors, from the lingering effects of the foreclosure crisis to new modes of real estate speculation capitalizing on the region’s new tech boom. The  contours of this new wave of displacement varies city by city, neighborhood by neighborhood, as does the data with which we map. Although the AEMP began by primarily mapping in San Francisco, since then we have grown, working alongside housing justice collectives throughout the region to map and analyze eviction data.  This chapter highlights some of that work, offering an array of geographies and analysis to render one of the most devastating impacts of the contemporary gentrification crisis - forced displacement. By eviction and forced displacement, we don’t simply mean official eviction notices, although often these are our only sources of data. We recognize that frequently people are forcibly displaced without official eviction notices, due to inability to pay rent, harassment, and buy-outs, to name a few. As we have found through collaborative work, forced displacement operates at the nexus of racism, classism, sexism, ableism, ageism, and more. In addition to displaying this data geospatially, in this chapter we also look at community resistance that occurs in the direct action and policy spheres, and well as collective mural projects that help depict stories of loss but also of community power.

Colonialism and Indigenous Resistance

Though Native people have been discursively confined to rural reservations, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to Indigenous communities that have been resisting displacement for centuries. What is now known as the Bay Area spans the traditional, ancestral, stolen, and unceded territories of the Ohlone and is also home to diverse American Indian communities and Indigenous migrants from around the world. While Indigenous communities have been absented from much of the research and organizing around gentrification in urban contexts, this chapter highlights the political and cultural work of Ohlone and other American Indian leaders, from urban sacred sites protection and land reclamation, to housing, and Indigenous diasporas. Though racialized urban displacement and Indigenous land dispossession are often understood as distinct or unrelated, this chapter centers Indigenous resistance to the ongoing displacements of settler colonialism, offering new ways to conceptualize and contest urban displacement.

Speculation

This chapter welcomes work that examines contemporary practices of land and real estate speculation throughout the Bay Area. We include maps and charts that examine practices in which people buy up land and housing to speculate on its future worth. Often, future worth is imagined as higher if those living in the space can be removed, whether by foreclosure or eviction. Thus in this chapter, we include data about the foreclosure crisis as it impacted the Bay Area, as well as about practices of speculative eviction. We also look at redevelopment practices and current debates between NIMBYism and YIMBYism. What happens when developers built luxury condos in working-class neighborhoods, and what happens when the city itself sells public land to some the largest developers in the United States? In addition to asking these questions, we look at the loss of SRO housing as connected to the production of new luxury tourist housing. We also examine some of the serial evictors of the Bay Area, and imbrications of real estate and technology capitalism. Lastly, we study local processes of speculation as connected to water resources and landfills, making connections between environmental racism and development imaginaries. To address resistance, we include work on community land trusts and speculative city work that transpires outside of the nexus of real estate, city planning, and technocapitalism.

Public Health, Housing, and Environmental Racism

This chapter is seeking work that examines the ways housing instability, gentrification and displacement impact community health through chronic emotional and physiological stress, environmental and economic degradation, and other toxic exposures that disproportionately impact low income communities of color in the Bay Area.

Low income, communities of color have been marginalized to neighborhoods of last resort since colonization of the San Francisco Bay Area. Targeted by racist land grabbing and exploitative economic and environmental policies, these communities have survived by creating their own social structures, systems of support, and cultures of resilience. Sadly, it is often these historical and cultural assets that make certain neighborhoods targeted for gentrification and inequitable development. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by degraded environments and pollution; they bear the burden of the worst health disparities and are often isolated for critical infrastructure and resources to support health. Despite this fact, public health, social, and environmental conditions in low-income, communities of color have continuously been weaponized to further displace longstanding residents, while developers and gentrifiers profit from the legacies of their residence. Displacement and gentrification work to destroy communities, disconnect families and individuals from their roots and networks of physical and mental support, and deteriorate community health and well being. A snapshot of the regional impacts of racist environmental policies, toxic exposures, and the chronic stress of being displaced, evicted, unstably housed, and houseless can be understood in these maps.  

Gentrification to Prison Pipeline

Taking up the term coined by Lacino Hamilton in his Truth Out article entitled, "The Gentrification-to-Prison Pipeline," this chapter looks at policing and surveillance as tools foundational to processes of gentrification. We invite work in all forms that engages with struggles against these hierarchies of violence and force that, most often along lines of race, are continually used to make way for gentrification in the Bay Area. This could mean contributions to do with militarization, incarceration, killings by police, racist municipal enforcement, criminalization of poverty/insecurity, police and military budgets, political prisoners, community accountability, and much more. Taken in conversation with one another, contributions to this chapter seek to recognize the links between processes of criminalization, incarceration, speculation, and dispossession in Bay Area communities.

Transportation and Economy

The Bay Area vividly illustrates what Neil Smith called the “see-saw” motion of capitalism, which builds up places in some moments and supersedes them in others. Throughout its history, but especially in the 20th century, the region has seen waves of expansion into new territory through the suburbanization of workplaces and housing. At the same time, efforts to refocus development are on the increase since the 1970s, particularly with the rise of the Smart Growth framework. Transportation infrastructure is key to both of these processes, and the uneven development of mobility is a fundamental aspect of inequality in the region. This section explores the links between transportation, investment, and inequality.

Possible Atlas entries include:

  • Infrastructure built, proposed, and unbuilt (including 1956 BART map)

  • Race, class, and mobility (access + capacity)

  • Major job clusters over 20th century

  • Supercommuting and “micro-commuting”

  • Mobility spam

  • Mobility pricing

  • Silicon valley buses

Migration/Relocation

What happens after displacement? Where do people move, how are their relocation decisions constrained, and what regional patterns are emerging? The housing crisis is not only radically restructuring core, Bay Area cities, but also producing new housing, economic, and community dynamics in the suburban and rural periphery. Contributions to this chapter focus on displacement as a relational process to analyze how people, capital, and power flow at a regional level. This can mean studying localities outside of the traditional nine county, Bay Area designation, studying housing and migratory dynamics at a regional or subregional (e.g. North Bay, South Bay, East Bay or Peninsula focus) level, or tracing a particular process that links multiple spaces at a supra-municipal level.

Each chapter will also have subsections on oral history, resistance, and policy. 

 

This is just one of the fabulous maps that will be included in our Atlas!
New Chapters
We are excited to announce that the AEMP has formed two new chapters, one in New York City and one in Los Angeles. Who would have thought?! If you live in either city and want to get involved, the more the merrier! Just write to us and we'll loop you in!
We recently gave a workshop with BHAAAD (BOYLE HEIGHTS ALIANZA ANTI ARTWASHING Y DESPLAZAMIENTO) about mapping gentrification in Boyle Heights! More here. If you want to get involved in our LA chapter, write to Terra!
Meanwhile, our NYC group has been meeting regularly since the summer, and is currently conducting a series of skillshares so that folks can develop skills for future mapping and oral history work. Just email if you want to join in on the fun!
New Work
Updated Ellis Act Eviction Map, SF
We updated our map of San Francisco Ellis Act evictions here. Scroll over each eviction to find address and evictor information.

SOTA Ruth Awawa San Francisco School of the Arts video collaboration

Check out new videos that we made in collaboration with SOTA Ruth Awawa San Francisco School of the Arts! This video features Phyllis Bowie, who is facing displacement and currently part of a Rent Strike, along with her fellow tenants at Midtown Apartments in the Fillmore. An apartment complex that has history going back to the Redevelopment of the 1970's. Phyllis and the other tenants at Midtown are still fighting to stay in their homes. Please support the campaign. This video was produced in collaboration with the San Francisco Ruth Assawa School of the Arts. The interview was shot by Marianne Maeckelbergh and Brandon Jourdan and edited by students Shilo Arkinson and Avidan Novogrodsky-Godt.

Researching the forces behind displacement in Oakland

As part of a new year-long collaboration with the California Reinvestment Coalition, we are in the midst of a new line of research to determine what banks are financing Oakland's serial evictors. New pages on Oakland's serial evictors are up here. 
Other Connected CFPs
In addition to our Atlas call for ideas, images, and maps, there are two other important and connected Call for Papers out there that we want to make sure that you know about!

CFP – Thinking from Oakland: Urban Study in the Town

Thinking from Oakland: Urban Study in the Town

Oakland, CA has long been devalued as the insignificant step-sibling of San Francisco--what Spanish settlers called contra costa, the opposite coast. But in fact, with just 420,000 inhabitants, Oakland has been central to urban imaginaries and interventions of world historical importance. On one side, it has been violently transformed through wars in the Pacific Ocean, wars against poverty and “blight,” and wars on drugs. On the other, as the birthplace and “base of operations” of the Black Panther Party, it has long been a site of resistance against these same geographies of racial capitalism and empire. Now is no different. Since the Great Recession, after over six decades of racialized disinvestment, Oakland has become one of the most rapid and contentious sites of urban development and displacement in country. Once ignored as a source of urban culture, it has been ushered into the limelight of both popular and academic urban studies. But the imposition of outside voices and narratives threatens to overwrite the knowledge cultivated by the city’s abundant griots and cartographers, thus contributing to, rather than contesting, new rounds of dispossession.

This anthology resists this trend through a practice we call Urban Study. We define Urban Study as the many modes through which people and groups decipher and describe the city, placing themselves within its contested pasts, presents, and futures. While it’s a practice that most people are engaged in at all times, it’s one that has often been expropriated by news outlets, planners, social scientists, and other “experts” under the deceptively pluralistic title of “urban studies.” In Oakland, however, artists, activists, and other everyday experts have long led the vital aesthetic and political work of analyzing and (re)envisioning the city. This volume thus aims to foreground and amplify representations of Oakland rooted in the city’s unique histories, geographies, and cultures of urban spatial politics. What does Urban Study in Oakland look, sound, and feel like? Are there ways of understanding the city’s politics of race, space, and history that challenge or expand the conventional frame of gentrification? How can we resist the displacement of local communities by centering local ways of knowing the Town?

Who we’re looking for: People typically marginalized by authoritative accounts of Oakland and cities in general--including graduate students, artists, grassroots organizers, long-time and Oakland-born residents, POC, queer and trans folks, women, working class people, people with disabilities, and more.

What we’re looking for: Essays, poems, artworks, and other representations of the city that challenge the disciplinary boundaries of the social sciences and resonate beyond academic and governmental spaces.

Format/medium: Essays should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words, including citations and endnotes. We welcome shorter texts, such as poems, interviews, and experimental forms as well. We also invite artists to submit a range of visual works that engage with the theme of urban representation, including paintings, illustrations, photographs, videos, multimedia works, sound recordings, and more.

Publication: We intend to publish these works as part of the Antipode Book Series, which is dedicated to radical geography, along with a companion website for digital, multimedia, and short-form contributions.

Timeline of submissions: We ask that you submit a short proposal (500 words) and bio (200 words and links to relevant work) by February 16. We’ll respond to potential contributors by the end of March. If your work is a good fit for this project, then we’ll then ask you to submit a completed draft by the end of June. We held an informal gathering for potential contributors on January 22, 6:00-7:30 at E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore (410 13th St.). This was a chance to get to know the editors and other potential contributors, discuss the goals and timeline of the project, and ask questions. If you missed the event or even if you were there, here is the powerpoint that we presented.

Also, we'll be hanging out at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore from 1-4pm on Sunday Feb. 11th to have one-on-one conversations about submission ideas. No need to RSVP; please just come with your thoughts and your questions!

This project is edited by Trisha Barua, Erin McElroy, and Alex Werth. Trisha (she/her) is a grad student in Cultural Studies at UC Davis and a local energy healer. Erin (they/them) is a grad student in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz and the co-founder of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. Alex (he/him) is a grad student in Geography at UC Berkeley the co-curator and resident DJ of Good Culture. Please send all questions and submissions over email to all three editors at tabarua at ucdavis.edu, emmcelro at ucsc.edu, and awerth at berkeley.edu.

Trisha, Erin, and Alex have collaborated on public scholarship in Oakland since 2015, when they worked together as part of The "Oakland School" of Urban Studies.

AEMP's Community Power Map from our collaboration with the Betti Ono Gallery, now digitized here.
The Radical Housing Journal

And last but not least, for those doing work within the Bay Area and beyond, there is a new activist-based peer-reviewed journal out, the Radical Housing Journal, and they just issued their first Call for Papers. They're looking for papers that are oriented at reconstructing, in details, particular histories of movements, organizations and/or actions in the post-2008 scenario worldwide. Additionally, they're interested in debate-like pieces, written collectively, to reflect on specific actions and strategies. They welcome reflection on the challenges of particular organizing approaches and practices. So check out the full CFP and please think about contributing if this interests you!


Deadline for 500 words abstracts: 5th  of March 2018

Response to authors: by mid-March 2018 // First draft of papers by: 2nd July 2018

In a .docx file, write your name, institution or group affiliation, email, title, 500 words abstract, six keywords and submit to collective at radicalhousingjournal.org.

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