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2020 Gentrification Conference presented by 540WMain and City Roots Community Land Trust 

Resisting Gentrification: Then and Now”

2020 Conference postponed until Saturday September 19, 2020

Due to a recent update in University of Rochester policy that limits on campus events to no more than 25 people, the 2020 Gentrification Conference presented by 540WMain and City Roots Community Land Trust has been postponed from April 4, 2020 to Saturday September 19, 2020 at Barber J. Burger iZone at University of Rochester Libraries.  The conference steering committee has made this decision in order to make the conference impactful and safe for all involved while also taking in to account logistical requirements. Community members who have purchased tickets will see their ticket transferred to the new date.  Anyone needing a refund can request their refund by emailing info540westmain@gmail.com

2020 Theme

Themed “‘Resisting Gentrification: Then and Now’. Our 4th annual conference will bring together housing activists from past and present to educate, energize, and mobilize the housing justice movement in Rochester. The morning will include a plenary panel and the afternoon will feature a number of breakout sessions led by local organizers, activists and educators.

  • Saturday September 19, 2020 // 10:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Barbara J. Burger iZone at University of Rochester Libraries
  • Free admission for University of Rochester students // Click here
Submit a proposal to facilitate an afternoon breakout session:
https://forms.gle/X3DNjiqeh5sAtwTu6
Interested in volunteering for all or part of the conference
https://forms.gle/UZctX7dCmWqfgA3HA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What is the 540WMain/City Roots Community Landtrust 2020 Gentrification Conference?

2020 Gentrification Conference is a community led conference that has a goal to facilitate positive conversation and action around making Rochester accessible to all persons. The conference has a fee of $10/person but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds will support the respective missions and work of 540WMain & City Roots Community Land Trust

Resisting Gentrification: Then & Now

The Spring 2020 conference will bring together housing activists from past and present to educate, energize, and mobilize the housing justice movement in Rochester. The morning will include a plenary panel and the afternoon will feature a number of breakout sessions led by local organizers, activists, and educators.

Do I have to Stay the Whole Day?

No. Community members can attend for all or part of the day. The program will officially begin at around 10:25 AM and break for lunch at 12 PM. A more detailed schedule will be released closer to the event day.

Will Food Be Provided?

Continental breakfast, healthy snacks, water, refreshments and a light lunch will be provided for the day. Attention will be given to vegan, gluten free, and low calorie alternatives. Those with more severe dietary restrictions are encouraged to bring their own lunch for the day.

Community members are encouraged to engage with all or part of the recommended texts as well as bring:

  • an open mind
  • notebook/pen
  • business cards
  • *lunch and/snacks & water

Recommended Readings

We recommend that you reading the following resources prior to attending the conference: (COMING SOON)

Location/ Accessibility/ Parking 

iZone is a space, community and program dedicated to the exploration of ideas. It is located within Rush Rhees Library on Library Road of the University of Rochester’s River Campus. Parking is free and the space is complete accessible. ASL interpreting will be provided by Interpretek.

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