Join Civic Nebraska and our Collective Impact Lincoln partners for a three-day “Evicted Experience” Feb. 4-6 to learn more about Nebraska’s eviction crisis and become empowered to address it.
The three-day experience begins Thursday, Feb. 4, with a virtual tour of the “Evicted” exhibition at the Nebraska History Museum. On Friday, Feb. 5, join us for a First Friday screening of the short film “Behind on Rent” produced by local filmmaker Gabriella Parsons. The “Evicted Experience” will culminate on Saturday, Feb. 6, with a virtual Community Builder Workshop let by Collective Impact Lincoln focusing on state-level advocacy.
Feb. 4: ‘Evicted: The Exhibition’
Join us for a virtual tour of the “Evicted” exhibition, a project resulting from Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” currently hosted at the Nebraska History Museum. On this virtual tour, we’ll watch the multi-part video tour of the exhibit and learn about the ways eviction has systematically held our communities back. We’ll discuss our personal experiences with housing, how we can work together to achieve housing justice and talk about opportunities to get involved.
“Evicted” began at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and has been traveling across the country since 2019. The exhibition introduces visitors to stories and statistics that help explain the causes and ramifications of chronic eviction. The “Nebraska Stories” portion focuses on our state’s history of housing disparity, discrimination, and instability – as well as contemporary action to help prevent and alleviate eviction. Learn more about the exhibit at History Nebraska as well as this article from the Lincoln Journal Star. Then, get involved at SpeakUpLNK.org.
Feb. 5: ‘Behind On Rent’ virtual screening
Produced by local filmmaker Gabriella Parsons, this short film highlights the human toll evictions take in our communities. ‘Behind on Rent’ will screen at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. RSVP to see this amazing and emotional film with other community advocates.
Feb. 6: Build your community, advocate with the state
The Evicted Experience will culminate on Saturday, February 6th, from 10 a.m. to noon with a virtual Community Builder Workshop. The workshop will guide us through testifying at the State Legislature during the 2021 legislative session, how you can write your testimony in favor of housing justice, and which bills we need your support on so that all our neighbors have access to affordable, quality housing.
Eviction is not just a condition of poverty. It’s a cause. And that affects everyone in our community. We all must tackle this urgent and growing crisis together. See you Feb. 4-6!