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Videos By Character: Sharon Jasper

A great-grandmother fights to save the community that raised her

Sharon was always a pillar of her community. For years, she spoke out against police brutality in public housing, and advocated for better conditions for tenants. When, like thousands of others, she was evacuated and evicted from public housing, she became a visible spokesperson for former residents of public housing who wanted to to prevent the demolition of the buildings they grew up in and where they raised their children.

Sharon continues to speak out against the Housing Authority and private developers who she feels are creating an unfair environment that prevents former residents of public housing from returning to the new communities that have been built.