Rachel Jones via Crowdrise
April 16, 2012
Help me do some profound research and take social justice abroad!!!!
Right now, Brixton (one of London's most global neighborhoods) is undergoing a major transformation and I hope to examine how the Future Brixton Masterplan impacts the neighborhood’s residents, economic climate, and authentic cultural identity!! The neighborhood is being completely revitalized so that it exudes transnationalism and a global appeal. I fear that the development plans may displace many lower income residents and completely alter Brixton’s genuinely rich history and culture. Brixton is historically an Afro-Caribbean community that has housed primarily working and middle class residents. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Brixton has been an international center for Black culture and a symbol of integrated living; highlighted by the fact that global black musical icons like Bob Marley and Fela Kuti made Brixton part of their stomping grounds while living in London. However, the neighborhood has not only been celebrated for its diversity, but also negatively portrayed for its racial tensions, crime, and urban decay. The Brixton riots of 1981 (and again in 2011) exemplified the strained race relations, and depicted how combustible underlying racial, cultural, and socio-economic disparities were, and will continue to be,if left unaddressed. Additionally, the riots revealed that social exclusion and little integration actually exists, despite the popular perception that Brixton is a heterogeneous cultural melting pot. To say the least, social and economic problems have been left unacknowledge far too long and the redevelopment of the area could potentially fragment the community even more since it could prompt displacement, gentrification, and more housing segregation.
This research is extremely important and has a signficant purpose! Essentially, this project dares to analyze the current conditions of Brixton, the lives of residents there, and the changing nature of the area's identity which is embodied by the Brixton Market.
In order to examine and write about the complexities of Brixton’s past and future, I have to get to there first! With this said, if there is any way to lend financial support to this project, I would be extremely appreciative. Even though I have held two part time jobs for most of my time at Fordham, I have not been able to save enough money to cover the expense of my trip considering the cost to participate in the month long program costs $5,540. Any financial contribution to this endeavor would mean so much. With your help, I hope to write something that encourages urbanists to embed social justice in the fabric of redevelopment plans that are implemented in struggling communities of color around the world. Thanks for helping me make a meaningful contribution to society!
Thank you so much for your donation!!!