UC Berkeley Mini Conference Recap
California Community Builders partnered with California YIMBYS (Yes In My Backyard) and held a conference in the Multicultural Community Center at UC Berkeley on October 26th, 2018.
On the left, a student at UC Berkeley who also works in the Multicultural Community Center opened up the event by discussing the core values of the space we were in. On the right, Lupe Gallegos- Diaz, The Director of Chicanx Latinx Academic Student Development Center, pitches in on the discussion of the housing crisis.
The screening of the redlining video, discussing the history of redlining and its impact on California’s people of color.
On the left, John Gamboa, President of California Community Builders, and Louis Mirante, Legislative Director of CA YIMBY, share their experiences of advocating for affordable housing in California. On the right, a student on campus studying housing poses with Sophie Ritche, our newly hired fundraising consultant.
Overall, the attendance of the conference was somewhat disappointing and a learning experience with about 20 people in attendance. A University staff labor strike going on throughout the week, midterms finishing up and scheduling on a Friday afternoon certainly impacted attendance. Nonetheless, the people who did attend enjoyed the CCB’s redlining and CEQA videos we played and were engaged in the discussion. Two additional students have been recruited by CCB and will be starting soon. Post conference, CCB has been asked to present to several organizations on campus regarding redlining and the inhibitors to housing development.