Denver’s Gentrification has another historic community organization in its cross hairs
Tubman Hilliard Global Academy K-8th Grade Facing Unjust Eviction by City Officials
Denver, Colo., December 10 – Most kids in school, this time of year, are dreaming of winter break. Unfortunately, the staff and students of THGA are facing the end of a 25-year history of service in Denver’s inner city. Denver Housing Authority is attempting to evict the school from its current location at 2980 Curtis St. in the historic King Trimble Building. THGA has been providing education for urban and disadvantaged youth in the Five-Point/Curtis Park community.
Concerned community members fear that wealthy land developers and city officials have been using a year-long campaign of escalating pressure to intimidate school staff and to drive out the school. DHA’s most recent move has been to try to terminate the school’s current lease and move straight to a 7-day eviction hearing. DHA attorney, Jamie Cotter, asked the judge for an eviction hearing by Friday, December 14th, 2018, as to not interfere with personal holiday plans. Cotter’s lack of concern for the importance of stability for children, especially around the holidays is appalling.
When asked to comment on the current situation, Tunda M. Asega, Executive Director of THGA said, “I’m disheartened by yet another betrayal of our community and kids, by city officials. However, if our last lesson to students will be to stand up to injustice and abuse of power, then I feel we’ve done our job as educators.”
The community has begun to gather support in their fight to save the school. If you would like to get involved, please sign the petition on Change.org. THGA is calling for anyone who believes in community education, social justice, art, and activism to come out and support this Friday December 14th. A gathering will begin at 8am at Civic Center Park before the hearing across the street at 520 W. Colfax Ave. at 845am in Court Room #186 with Judge Faragher presiding.
Tubman Hilliard Global Academy is an urban art and private education center providing academic and art classes for elementary thru 8th-grade students, THGA’s non-traditional education model supports local community Arts development for students, individuals, and organizations in Metro Denver. https://thaartsed-com4.webnode.com/