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The Olympics and Homelessness: How The State of Exception Spurs Displacement and Tools for the Left to Fight Back

Friday, November 3, 6 p.m.

This will be a discussion about the overwhelming historical precedence for increase and deepening of homelessness and housing insecure populations during the Olympics over the past 100+ years. We'll also talk about how the 1984 Olympics and homelessness crisis resembles the current homeless explosion and the similarly fraught tactics and "solutions" being employed by politicians in 2017. Finally, we'll look forward to how the 2028 Olympics and other mega projects like the Amazon bid will make all of our issues worse and how we might - on the left - fight back.


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Damien Goodmon, Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Crenshaw Subway Coalition (“CSC”) as well as the Executive Director of the Housing is a Human Right Coalition.

David Goldblatt, writer, journalist and academic. In 2006 he published The Ball is Round : Global History of Soccer and in 2015 won the William Hill Sportsbook of the Year Award for Game of Our Lives: The Making and Meaning of English Football. His most recent book is the The Games: A Global History of the Olympics. He is currently Visiting Professor at Pitzer College, Los Angeles.

Caitlin Parker, PhD candidate at UCLA and a lecturer in the History Department at Cal State Long Beach. Her research focuses on urban policy and politics in Los Angeles from the 1960s to present.

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