A tale of 2 cities: Atlantic City, hosting the NAACP convention, was transformed by its casinos. But many were left behind.
Happy for my perspective and research to be including in this new article, called "A Tale of Two Cities." Check it our here. www.nj.com/politics/2022/07/a-tale-of-2-cities.html
Jackson and Knittle will discuss how Black urban communities and communities in poverty are fighting the triple threat of gentrification, unemployment and climate change through local movements that advocate for more equitable forms of renewal. Predominantly Black communities in many U.S. cities have previously borne the brunt of urban restructuring that used the language of growth to advance inequitable plans, raising the question of who benefits and who is left out of renewal and revitalization. Jackson and Knittle will talk about how contemporary calls for urban transformation are tasked with facilitating large-scale transformation that helps prepare for environmental uncertainty without repeating past violence against marginalized communities.
Link to talk here.
I was interviewed by the Center for Community Engagement at Stockton University about how to engage in community work as a sociologist. Check out the video here.
I was asked by Dr. Davy Knittle to participate in a City Planning Poetics event on March 15, 2021, that brings together a social scientist with a creative writer (Asali Soloman) to talk about urban dynamics and politics. We had a great conversation about 'Urban Futures.' I discussed a bit about how I approach my work studying neighborhood ecosystems but also how to build community power by healing neighborhood ecosystems undergoing gentrification.
Read my short piece featured on an embodiment blog about public discourse around protest using redevelopment and gentrification in San Francisco as examples but also extending how we think about "rioting" vs "celebration" here in Philly with the Eagles vs national BLM protests.
On Thursday, April 11th from 8:30 to 1pm Dr. Jackson will host a keynote and panel that will discuss the state of critical environmental justice issues in New Jersey and its' effect on low-income people and communities of color. Topics include disaster relief, indigeneity, water privatization and farmworkers struggles. Community Partners, staff and students are welcome to come.
See event details here.
Dr. Carolyn Chernoff (Moore College of Art) asked me to guest speak in her classroom about research and my community arts practice. In this short audio clip, I discuss the Black radical bus tour that I helped to facilitate with Sheena Sood, Krystal Strong and the MOVE organization's Mike Africa Jr, my ethnographic research as well as community workshops I have been apart of.
Some core questions I address are:
How do people make sense of their positionality in the face of critical events or situations that are effecting the life of people in the neighborhood?
What do community residents identify as forces that are constraining or constricting their lifestyles and social worlds?
Engage Atlantic City Series: "Politics And Activism In A Diverse Community: A Panel On Race, Ethnicity, Politics, and Policy In Atlantic City" February 21st 2018- Alton Auditorium
Beginning around 6:30, I present on Segregation and Redlining of Atlantic City's Northside neighborhood.
The Body in Space panel:
Jess Bonnan-White, Stockton University Riots, Protests, Demonstrations: America’s Problem with Discontent
Christina Jackson (BEGINS AT 26:57), Stockton University Black Lives Matter: Using a Genocide Framework to Understand the Relationship between the Black Community and Urban Spaces Historically
Photo Credit: Kim Fleisher
Christina Jackson- Christina has been meditating for the past two years in her hometown of Philadelphia. She has her PhD in Sociology and is a professor, scholar- activist and proud twin mama. 💜 #thisiswhatameditatorlookslike