Join us for a housing justice movie night!
We will be screening the 2006 award-winning drama Quinceañera. The story centers around a young Latina teenager, growing up in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood, who finds herself pregnant and kicked out of her home before her 15th birthday, forcing her to move in with her great grand uncle. She is joined by her cousin who has been kicked out of his house for coming out as gay. Under the roof of a small backyard cottage, they each face their own challenges and find support in one another. Through these personal stories Quinceañera tackles issues of affordability, gentrification, and tenants’ rights that are major challenges for Seattle today.
This event was created in response to the recent decision by the Seattle hearing examiner to indefinitely delay an ordinance that would make it easier for homeowners to build backyard cottages (legally called Detached Accessory Dwelling Units or DADUs) like the home the main characters share in the movie. The hearing examiner decision came after a legal challenge by the Queen Anne Community Council, a neighborhood group that hired attorneys in order to delay these low cost housing options from coming to their neighborhood.
After the film, join us for a discussion on how we can take action on backyard cottages and other housing justice campaigns! Together we can show that everyone benefits when we promote diverse housing options.
This event is organized by the Capitol Hill Renter Initiative and Entre Hermanos (check out our Facebook event page for a growing list of co-sponsors). Representatives from each organization will be in attendance to discuss what they are working on and how you can plug in!
We are asking for a suggested donation of $3 to help cover costs. However, this is a free event and everyone is welcome.