King Street Tenants United will be hosting a free community screening of the short documentary film “Thanks for Nothing” at Gage Park on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7pm. Please invite your friends, family, neighbours to attend. Meet at the bandshell.
Film will be followed by a community conversation with the audience about how the LRT will affect housing in Hamilton and how we can organize against gentrification and displacement pressure caused by the LRT.
Share the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454617328238669
Watch the film trailer below:
About the film:
“Thanks for Nothing” follows Hamiltonian Sharon Miller as she fights against displacement, trying to stay in her apartment and home despite numerous maintenance and pest issues. The transit agency Metrolinx became Sharon’s new landlord when they purchased her building to construct a Light Rail Transit system and have been trying to evict her from her unit without offering appropriate compensation and an alternative place to live. With nowhere affordable to move to within the increasingly gentrified city of Hamilton, Sharon fights back against displacement pressures and against a city that sees her as dispensable.
Read more about Sharon and other King Street tenants’ struggles against Metrolinx in this article “Light Rail Transit Brings A New Wave of Gentrification to Hamilton” by filmmaker Taras Hemon, published in the Downtown Sparrow.