Since 1990, nonprofit Washington Parks & People, a member of The Corps Network, has tried to reduce poverty and violence in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods by improving parks. At the height of the recession, the organization received a stimulus grant to create DC Green Corps - a "green" job-training program in communities hardest hit. They had two years to help unemployed people find jobs and care for parks in their neighborhoods. CITY OF TREES documents the organization's efforts, taking audiences inside the lives of Corps participants and staff.
Among other issues, CITY OF TREES touches on environmental injustice, race, the opportunity gap and the reentry of former offenders. It is a fitting start to The Corps Network's 2017 Conference, 'Moving Forward Together: Promoting Racial, Environmental and Community Equity.' We hope this film will help set the tone for the conference, eliciting honest conversations about inequalities and how we confront them.
The discussion following the screening will include information on how Corps can host a CITY OF TREES screening in their own communities.
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