Gentrification Special CITY RISING Premieres 9/13 on KCET & Link TV

Gentrification Special CITY RISING Premieres 9/13 on KCET & Link TV

KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, announced today a new 60-minute documentary special and digital series examining gentrification called CITY RISING.


In partnership with The California Endowment, the multi-platform, one-hour documentary series shows how gentrification is deeply rooted in a history of discriminatory laws and practices in the United States. CITY RISING follows
the journey of California communities that are fighting gentrification and features a growing movement of advocates seeking responsible development across the state. People of color who cherish their neighborhood's culture and sense of community are
mobilizing against unsustainable rents and other forces they see pushing neighbors into homelessness. CITY RISING airs on Tues., Sept 13 at 8 p.m. on KCET in Southern California and at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH network
9410). The documentary will also be released digitally on kcet.org/cityrising and linktv.org/cityrising as six 15-minute webisodes that will stream independently on-demand also starting on Tues., Sept. 13.

Supporting the new documentary will be a series of online articles and social media videos providing in-depth, critical analysis on the issues surrounding gentrification and displacement. Additionally, a premiere-screening event hosted by The California
Endowment will take place in downtown Los Angeles in September, followed by a Q&A panel moderated by and comprised of community leaders featured in the documentary.

"KCETLink Media Group is honored to collaborate with the team at The California Endowment to take a deep look at gentrification, its causes and possible solutions," said KCETLink Media Group Chief Creative Officer Juan Devis. "Although a hot-button issue
today, gentrification is nothing new; years of discriminatory housing laws continue as the rights to property, home and community are taking center stage in a local as well as global debate. We hope CITY RISING gives a voice to a movement and a reality
that is rampant in cities across America."

Included in the documentary are gentrification activists that include USC's Professor of Sociology Manuel Pastor, Former NBA Player and Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, The California Endowment's Senior VP for Healthy
Communities Dr. Anthony Iton and UCLA Urban Planner Gilda Haas.

"Gentrification affects every aspect of a person's life. In addition to financial distress, displaced residents face fragmented communities, extended commutes and a loss of social support systems and health care access. The incredible degree of
disruption caused by gentrification in a person's life is far reaching and trickles into their overall health and quality of life," said Dr. Iton.

The series looks at six California communities where residents, activists and urban planners have identified gentrification as a primary concern: Boyle Heights, South Central, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Oakland, and Oak Park.

For more information about the show visit www.kcet.org/shows/city-rising.

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