On Thursday, Nov. 9, Conscientious Project will screen Company Town: The Dark Side of the Sharing Economy at Armory Center for the Arts. Airbnb and Uber have become the poster companies of what has ironically become known as the “sharing economy.” Skyrocketing rent increases brought about by gentrification and the infusion of tech industry professionals have driven out scores of ethnic and low income residents in Northern California and cities around the U.S. These interrelated issues are vividly brought to light in Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow’s new documentary about a supervisorial election in San Francisco pitting a controversial champion of the poor and grassroots groups against an opponent who represents corporate interests in yet another struggle between people vs. power.
Economic justice advocates from POP! (Pasadenans Organizing for Progress) will lead a community discussion following the film. Admission is free. The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Old Town Pasadena.