How do communities faced with gentrification, loss of community sense of purpose, loss of housing move forward? The challenges can be overwhelming but the power of people in each community can make a difference. Building a beloved community, a community that honors differences builds trust and defines common purpose is critical.
Want to see an example of the power of an engaged community? Familiarize yourself with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative * in Boston, MA and look at the From Trashed and Burned to Urban Village document.
*Leah Mahan is part of our Beloved Communities team. She is currently working on Earl’s Barber Shop, a documentary of loss and displacement of small businesses in Seattle. Her first film, Holding Ground:The Rebirth of Dudley Street (1996), and the sequel, Gaining Ground: Building Community on Dudley Street , completed in 2013 are films which tell the story of a vibrant community organization that transforms a devastated Boston neighborhood through grassroots organizing. Trailers of both films at Leahmahan.com