In conjunction with Hedoinst Buddhist, Ari Theresa will discuss the mechanisms of gentrification from the level of zoning. He will also discuss his lawsuit against the District of Columbia, how it came together, and what policies are being challenged by it. The talk will focus on how government policy drives gentrification and highlight how these policies are unsustainable and inevitably harm all of us.

about the speaker

"Ari" Theresa is a Civil Rights attorney focused on Zoning and Administrative Law. He is principal partner of "Stoop Law" which is located in the Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast Washington, DC. His firm Stoop Law has pioneered gentrification law, leading to the adjustment of best practices for the Office of Planning and for developers. In April 2018, Stoop Law filed a federal lawsuit against the District and Columbia for patterns and practices of discrimination at city agencies including the Zoning Commission and the Office of Planning. Mr. Theresa is a 4th generation DC resident. He is a double HBCU graduate. Graduating from Howard University School of Law in 2010 and Clark-Atlanta University in 2003.


Hedonist Buddhist, curated by Joseph Orzal, aims to transform an exclusionary retail environment within Shaw into a solution-oriented community space that seeks to provide sanctuary for people feeling the consumptive pressures of gentrification, the loss of cultural connection, and the inevitability of displacement. 

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WPA Annex
1921 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001


Wednesday, May 8, 6-8pm