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This drama miniseries chronicles Civil Rights struggles in Yonkers, New York, where the city's young mayor leads the fight to make way for low-income housing for minorities in white neighborhoods. The series was directed by Paul Haggis based on a nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin. It aired on HBO in 2015.

Sunday at 9:00 PM on HBO
1 Season, 6 Episodes
August 16, 2015
Crime, Drama, Mini-Series
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Nick Wasicsko, Dutch Wikipedia, Carla Quevedo
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  • An intense orientation process awaits the incoming residents, and many begin to reconsider moving into neighborhoods that don't welcome them.

  • Armed with an increased recognition that he fought on the side of angels in the battle over the housing, Wasicsko plots his political comeback, while the residents for the new townhouses are screened and selected.

  • A new mayor promises to oppose the housing, even though it's unclear what his plan. Meanwhile, Nick Wasicsko tries to reconcile himself to life out of power as construction of the townhomes begins.

  • Mayor Wasicsko finally achieves some consensus and rams through a housing plan with a tough vote, and housing officials finally begin to plan to build the new townhomes. But even as they do, the political costs to Wasicsko become apparent.

  • All hell breaks loose as the Yonkers mayor and City Council are given an ultimatum by a federal judge weary of further delay. Meanwhile, public housing residents trapped in the deteriorating projects of West Yonkers watch and wait as the white residents of East Yonkers make clear just how opposed they are.

  • Nick Wasicsko becomes the youngest big-city mayor in America, but at what cost? Even before he is inaugurated, the obligation to build public housing in the white neighborhoods of Yonkers looms over his new administration.

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