City For Sale: Capitalism & the Housing Crisis

We are in a housing crisis. Across the globe, landlords, developers, and investors are making exorbitant profits off skyrocketing rents, while wages stagnate for working-class tenants. Los Angeles is at the forefront of the crisis, with 1.2 million rent-burdened tenants and over 55,000 unhoused people coinciding with unprecedented real estate development. “Gentrification” here is more than a buzzword used for the influx of coffee shops in a neighborhood — it’s the visible displacement and replacement of people for profit.

Yet despite common recognition of the crisis, there’s pervasive debate on how to solve it. Some think we simply need to build more housing, others think it’s just a wage inequality problem, but what’s the socialist perspective on housing?

DSA-LA is proud to present “City For Sale: Capitalism & the Housing Crisis” to explore that very question. This educational event on housing, homelessness, gentrification, and tenancy is tailored to organizing around these issues in Los Angeles, featuring speakers from DSA-LA and the Los Angeles Tenants Union and readings by Andrea Gibbons, Peter Marcuse, and others.

The aim of this class and the assigned readings is to look closely at the inextricable link between capitalism and the housing crisis, and to explore the unique qualities of the current moment. Most importantly, however, we hope to learn how to fight back — in other words, how to use housing as a pressure point in our fight for a socialist future.

Click here to download the City For Sale class reader.

  • April 04, 2019 at 7pm to 9pm
  • United Teachers Los Angeles
    3303 Wilshire Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    United States
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  • Housing & Homelessness Committee

Will you come?