A four week course to explore your values, intersectional identity, and
how to make ethically-informed decisions on your housing journey.
Allyship and Housing Justice is a 4 week course dedicated to unpacking our socialization and positionality related to our personal journeys and relationships to housing. We explore the housing crisis and what we can each do to combat it.
Come investigate collective ideas about housing, property, ownership, and the need to further explore and live into alternatives. How has your personal housing journey shaped and limited your ability to dream beyond what you have experienced? What equitable solutions are available? Is there a way to own property or collect rent in an ethical and equitable way? With rents rising, affordable housing stock diminishing and the broader housing crisis, we look at how we can all take action to mitigate some of the pressing issues, both current and historical.
We’ll unpack these issues together and think about how to be a property owner with a social justice conscience, and radical ideas like rental equity, redistributive practices such as LandBack and more. This course is not a one size fits all prescription, but rather a rich discourse about how to live and engage housing ideas in society with empathy and progressive goals. We want to preserve the character of our neighborhoods, resist gentrification, and combat eviction and houselessness. Together, we’ll think about the large and small ways we can activate change.
Originally titled Allyship in Ownership, the first iteration of the course was intended to analyze and avoid discriminatory and overly punative rental practices with folks who currently own and rent out property or plan to. We immediately recognized the need to broaden the invite to anyone interested in housing justice. People with a myriad of different types of housing experiences are interested in the topic of housing justice, and we need everyone in the struggle to create a reality with housing for all.
We specialize in breaking down challenging topics and complex concepts into manageable and illuminating pieces. We prioritize intimacy and make learning to act as an ally deeply personal. This course will be an opportunity to do some inner work, grow as a person, ask hard questions, and be a force for change in your community. Join Justice Movement founders, Natalie and Danya as they guide you through a deep dive into allyship, housing justice and accountability.
What to Expect
In addition to the 3 hour sessions once per week, for a total of 12 hours of facilitated learning and connecting, participants can expect to make time for homework in the way of journaling, reflection, reading and/or listening assignments between session as well as ‘pod’ or small groups - that meet up once/week between meetings.
At Justice Movement we strive to vary our teaching methods and keep things interesting and accessible for a variety of learning styles. We rarely lecture or talk for a long time, and lean heavily on intimate small group sharing, images and tools, and a variety of media (podcasts, articles, videos, poems, etc) for homework. We take breaks during long sessions, and encourage everyone to do what their body needs in order to focus. We also welcome your participation, and love to share the mic. Please let us know if you need specific accommodations, learning tools, or support in order to stay engaged and participate as comfortably as possible.
The creation of this course was funded by a Thriving Communities Grant awarded to the Tucson Alliance for Housing Justice (TAHJ) through the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Once facilitation and admin costs are covered portions of your tuition will go to the Tucson Alliance for Housing Justice’s ongoing work, The Tohono O’odham Housing Fund, and the 0% Loan Fund.
The following options are built into the registration form:
• $25-$50 Sliding scale / week which comes to $100, $150 or $200 for the month
• Scholarship (based on financial need)
• Payment Plan (choose this option and write us with a plan that will work for you)
• Pay for yourself + a Scholarship ($200+$150 = $350) (pay it forward and help another participant's ability to partake. If you are able and keen to pay for more than one scholarship let us know.)
• ** Participant Witness (see below for details)
You can also make a tax-deductible donation directly to the Tucson Alliance For Housing Justice.
How much should I pay for a sliding scale course?
Sliding scale takes into account your financial situation and circumstances when setting tuition. The higher end of the scale ($50/week) is intended for those with stable incomes and the ability to save. Your ability to support at the higher end allows the course to offer sliding scale tuition! The lower end of the scale ($25/week) is intended for students, and others who are getting by but don’t have much extra in their budget. For those with little-to-no income, especially in these difficult economic times, scholarships are available. If a payment plan would make the course more accessible to you select payment plan and write us with what will work best for you. If you have the ability and are keen to pay for your spot and one or more others with scholarships select that option.
Next Training Dates
- Mondays 5:30-8:30pm (pacific time) March 13, 20, 27, & April 3, 2023
- Tuesdays 12:00pm-3:00pm (pacific time) March 14, 21, 28, & April 4, 2023
LIVE ON ZOOM - these discussions will not be recorded, as recording can limit some folks desire to engage. Presentations will be available for each session.
Please let us know if you have any access needs, specific accommodations, learning tools, or support in order to stay engaged and participate as comfortably as possible.
Are those who feel they are entering the space with more experience living with marginalized identities. We recognize that for those in this role, sharing those lived experiences is deeply valuable, and requires more emotional labor. We honor that labor. It is always invited, never expected. As you sign up, please select the “participant witness” option in the registration form, and let us know what feels best for you to contribute from zero on up. We benefit from your added voice. We like to remind everyone that all of our identities are intersectional - by this we mean that we are all a combination of our many identities (race, ethnicity, gender-identity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigration status, physical and mental ability, body type, body size, religion, political beliefs and etc.). Most of us are not fully marginalized or fully privileged in society. Most of us experience a combination of both privilege and marginalization as we move through life.We believe that all of us have something to gain from working on Allyship and delving into areas in which we are less aware.