The Housing Justice League Takes a Grassroots Approach

This Wednesday, April 17th, MOTHER will host a film screening and community conversation presented by the Housing Justice League, a “grassroots, member-led organization that seeks to build power in Metro Atlanta neighborhoods highly impacted by the housing crisis.” Their approach is “driven by the belief that housing is human right.” Some of these issues, including eviction, tenant rights, and public land rights, are tackled through HJL’s methods of leadership development and non-violent direct action.

This will be the second of three film screenings presented by HJL at MOTHER. Priced Out, the film screened this week, is “an investigative and personal look at housing discrimination and the pain of losing a community to gentrification in Portland, Oregon. The film explores the complexities and contradictions of gentrification and life after the era of ‘the ghetto'“

After the film, attendees are invited to a community conversation in response to displacement and gentrification in America. Of the event, HJL says, “We hope that the films will inspire action, bring more people into the housing justice movement in Atlanta, and build community around these issues.”

HJL encourages those interested to learn more about their BeltLine for All campaign, which urges the BeltLine to better prioritize affordable housing. They are also launching an Eviction Defense campaign, which is meant to be a resource for tenants combating eviction. You can learn more about both by visiting https://www.housingjusticeleague.org

Donations are encouraged but not required at this free and open to the public event! The film will start at 7pm and run until 8pm. HJL will host a community conversation from 8pm to 9pm as well.

At 9:30 this Wednesday, MOTHER is hosting a live music event featuring Pale Shade, Of the Vine, Coma Teeth, and Drowning Lessons. This event is not in conjunction with the screening but attendees are welcome to stay for a night of post-rock, hardcore, emo, and lush shoe gaze!