Erin McElory, a team of committed volunteers, and Tenants Together have been mapping instances and stories of evictions in San Francisco for several years and, with assistance from the Creative Work Fund, have expanded that work to include a study of Alameda County. The project is presenting its work on multiple fronts in May:
- On Wednesday, May 11, from 6-9 p.m. the project is raising funds for its data visualization and narrative work at Bissap Baobob in the Mission District of San Francisco. The evening promises great food, drink, and salsa music with DJ Waltdigz, as well as short presentation about the mapping project’s work. The restaurant is donating 20% of proceeds from food and drink ordered during the event.
- On Saturday, May 14, from 1-3 p.m., the project is presenting the workshop “Engaging Data with Action: The Work of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Eviction Free SF, and the SF Tenants Union” at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.
- The project’s “Narratives of Displacement and Resistance” as well as a compilation of data visualization maps are included in “Take This Hammer,” a group exhibition curated by Christian Frock at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. “Take This Hammer” is on view until August 2016.
- The Project’s new Power Map, constructed with Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, is on currently installed at Betti Ono Gallery in downtown Oakland.
The project urges anyone who has been evicted or who is threatened with eviction on either side of the Bay to fill out its crowdsource data. If you are interested in sharing your story of displacement or gentrification as part of its oral history project, please e-mail the project.