Let's Talk About Hotboxing

It was the summer of 2017 when Me’Lea Connelly and I had an intense conversation about how we’ve observed, repeatedly, Black folks being displaced from their homes and neighborhoods. We knew that Blexit’s paradigmatic organizing strategy paired with economic resistance could create real alternatives to gentrification, but we also knew that gentrification was an oversimplification of the displacement happening to our friends and neighbors. Hotboxing, as Me’Lea described, is a concept that demonstrated how gentrification was the result of a process that was repeated time and again.

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