Update on Project Activities
This week, we finished up our calls for good and began working on our deliverables! We dove into consolidating and analyzing our data, and have imagined fully the ways in which we will be able to create a deliverable to represent the story that we have uncovered through our calls. After our meeting with Jason and Ashley last week, it felt good for our team to be on the same page and ready to create something meaningful and impactful.
In class, we discussed data visualization and the importance of color and typography basics, along with an overview of AIM (Audience, Intent, Message) with an emphasis on maps. On Monday during our work session, as a group we discussed how we would split the work so that it would best suit our strengths. What we decided is that Toni would primarily work with analyzing the data and using Excel to reorganize and produce trends. Jana will be working on the written report, with an emphasis on the Literature Review. Lastly, Jazlyn will be focusing on the website and infographic. We want to maintain an open line of communication through this whole process, but decided that it was more productive to split up the tasks rather than trying to have everyone pitch in a little on everything. This also provides a good framework to divide up our presentation time on Monday.
What We Observed/Learned
As we all finished up our calls, it became very clear truly how deeply these evictions were impacting our populations in a way that we didn’t expect. So many of our clients were telling us that they had spent months homeless, couch surfing, or living with multiple relatives. Story after story emerged of people who, even despite the few months of preparation that CLSEPA’s settlements usually resulted in, still were unable to find stable housing after their evictions.
On a more personal note, this week, we all took a moment to appreciate how smoothly this whole process has gone for us as a group. We are all in multiple group projects this quarter, and we were so appreciative of the fact that we have all managed to be there for each other in a flexible way, stepping up and stepping back as needed to create a really strong team overall. We have been pretty much on the same page all the way through the project, which has made working together seamless and easy.
During class on Wednesday, we began to think about the AIM of our own project. Our project is complex because there are many stakeholders with incredibly oppositional viewpoints. Are we pitching to those who are suffering, to empower them to make change within their own communities? Are we trying to show lawmakers that this is something that cannot continue? Or are we trying to convince landlords that their eviction practices are unjust and inhumane? Our project obviously is going to be at the intersection of all three, but ultimately, the ones that can effect dramatic change on the legislative landscape and rights of evictees in these cases are lawmakers. Even though our deliverable has changed, our mandate is still the same: there should be renter protection ordinances everywhere in the Bay Area. Renter protection is not an option. As we craft our deliverables, we want to make sure that this message comes across overwhelmingly clear, so that CLSEPA can make a case to those who make the policy into reality.