Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
The cover image of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Social Justice Book Discussions

We are reading the book ”Evicted”, focusing on poor people holding onto minimal housing and landlords dealing with the costs and challenges of owning rental housing. The book was written based on a study in Milwaukee in 2008 and 2009, and we feel that it is applicable today. The language used by some of the persons in the book is sometimes shocking, with liberal use of f-bombs and n-words, but we hope our participants will see past the language to appreciate the real-life events.

The book covers events for eight families over the 18-month period, but we will focus on one: Arleen and her family.

We will meet at the Kenmore Hangar at 4:45 PM on Thursdays or on Zoom (meeting ID# 898 3522 8895)

Week 1 readings for May 16:

  • Prologue: Cold City (5 pages)
  • Chapter 1, The Business of Owning the City (12 pages)
  • Ch. 5, Thirteenth Street (9 pages)

Week 2 readings for May 23:

  • Ch. 11, The Hood is Good (14)
  • Ch. 12, Disposable Ties (9)
  • Ch. 16, Ashes on the Snow (5)

Week 3 readings for May 30:

  • Ch. 15, A Nuisance (11)
  • Ch. 17, This is America (9)
  • Ch. 19, Little (15)

(Skip the week of June 6.)

Week 4 reading for June 13:

  • Ch. 24, Can’t Win for Losing (11)
  • Epilogue: Home and Hope (20)

Week 5: a panel discussion.


Coming up:

Our next book study is projected to be on “My Life Growing up Asian in America”, edited by CAPE and with an introduction by renowned journalist SuChin Pak.