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Saturday, June 9 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Village of Love & Resistance

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Excuse our Dust

VOLAR’s (Village of Love and Resistance) mission is to create a cooperative community in East Baltimore owned by Black and Brown people to create opportunities for historical residents to acquire, rehab, and sell/rent property to build wealth. Our strategy includes: (a) Rehabbing a building to accommodate 6-8 residential micro units that will house folks involved in justice work based in a love ethic, office and art space for social entrepreneurs from the local community, and affordable event space, commercial kitchen, and wellness center; (b) hosting educational workshops of radical organizing rooted in justice and love; and (c) organizing local residents to become small-term investors of redevelopment: groups of 10-25 people acquiring, rehabbing, and selling/renting one property.
*This is an "Excuse our Dust" Session!*
Excuse our Dust is  a series of interactive workshops focused on in-process projects, from a women-led, San Francisco-based group working to support diversity in the field of public interest design to an East Baltimore community developing cooperative ownership models. Participating groups are interested in feedback, so come with questions and ideas.

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Marisela Gomez

Consultant, Social Health Concepts Inc.
Marisela Gomez is a public health researcher and activist in Baltimore. Her work focuses onrebuilding equitable and sustainable communities in our historically abandoned areas. She isa lead consultant with Social Health Concepts Inc.Recent publications: Neoliberalization’s Propagation... Read More →
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Lenora Knowles

Black Baltimore Work Center, UMD College Park
Lenora R. Knowles is a doctoral student in Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park studying Latina and African American women's social movements. She organizes at the intersection of economic, racial, and gender justice. Lenora is a coordinating committee member... Read More →

Saturday June 9, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Motor House: Theatre