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Picture Book Hour: Alejandria Fights Back!/¡La Lucha de Alejandria!

Picture Book Hour: Alejandria Fights Back!/¡La Lucha de Alejandria!

Sunday, August 15, 2021 - 10:30AM ET
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Join us for a reading of Alejandria Fights Back!/¡La Lucha de Alejandria! with picture book illustrator Robert Liu-Trujillo and City Life/Vida Urbana Development Director Mike Leyba, followed by a craft project, Q&A, and housing justice conversation!

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About Illustrator Robert Liu-Trujillo, Mike Leyba, & the Book!

For nine-year-old Alejandria, home isn't just the apartment she shares with Mami and her abuela, Tita, but rather the whole neighborhood. Home is the bakery where Ms. Beatrice makes yummy picos; the sidewalk where Ms. Alicia sells flowers with her little dog, Duende; and the corner store with friendly Mr. Amir.

But lately the city has been changing, and rent prices are going up. Many people in el barrio are leaving because they can no longer afford their homes, and "For Sale" signs are popping up everywhere. Then the worst thing happens: Mami receives a letter saying they'll have to move out too.

Alejandria knows it isn’t fair, and she's not about to give up and leave. Join Alejandria as she brings her community together to fight and save their neighborhood!

Para Alejandria de nueve años, el hogar no es sólo el apartamento que comparte con Mami y su abuela, Tita, sino más bien todo el barrio. El hogar es la panadería donde la Sra. Beatrice hace unos ricos picos; la vereda donde la Sra. Alicia vende flores con su perrito, Duende; y la pulpería con el amistoso Sr. Amir.

Pero últimamente la ciudad ha estado cambiando, y los precios de alquiler están subiendo. Muchas personas en el barrio se están yendo porque ya no pueden costear sus hogares, y letreros anunciando “Se Vende” están apareciendo por todos lados. Entonces ocurre lo peor: Mami recibe una carta diciendo que ellas también tendrán que mudarse.

Alejandria sabe que no es justo, y no está dispuesta a darse por vencida e irse. ¡Únete a Alejandria mientras ella reúne a su comunidad para luchar y salvar su barrio!

Robert Liu-Trujillo is a lifelong Bay Area resident. Born in Oakland, California, he is the child of student activists who watched lots of science fiction and took him to many demonstrations. Always drawing, Rob grew up to be an artist, falling in love with graffiti, fine art, illustration, murals, and children’s books. Through storytelling, he’s been able to scratch the surface of so many untold stories. He is the author and illustrator of Furqan’s First Flat Top.

Mike Leyba is a director with City Life/Vida Urbana, a community organization that promotes tenants' rights and prevents housing displacement. Originally from Los Angeles, Mike is an activist, communicator, and futurist living in Boston. Mike became an activist during the Campaign Against Prop 8 in California, a ballot initiative that would have banned same-sex marriage. Mike was formerly Communications Director for United for a Fair Economy, a national nonprofit highlighting racial and gender inequality in the United States.