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BU-GATA is a community-based organization that works with adults and youth to provide culturally competent advocacy, education and leadership development throughout Arlington, Virginia, with a particular focus on renter advocacy and civic engagement in low-income, immigrant communities. Check Out Our Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwHMqXoZaYs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-jT-Wlfd0U
BU-GATA, short for Buckingham and Gates of Arlington , was established by Latino renters in 1992.
BU-GATA was created to stop displacement from a neighborhood multi-family complex, the Gates of Arlington. As the organization grew stronger, residents began to broaden BU-GATA’s focus to include community stability, and in 1998, addressed another neighborhood need - youth leadership development - by creating the Buckingham Youth Brigade.
As a community-based non-profit, BU-GATA has focused on defending tenants, educating residents about their rights, and fighting to preserve the community when gentrification threatens.
BU-GATA's mission is to serve Arlington's low-income, immigrant communities through education and leadership development programs, focusing on education and civic engagement in public policy issues.