Poor Peoples Economic
Human Rights Campaign

 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

May 2010 Month of Action: Housing is a Human Right!

May 2010 Month of Action: Housing is a Human Right!

On May 1st, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign kicks off a month of coordinated actions across the United States. These actions are part of a long-term struggle to elevate housing to the level of a human right. We use nonviolent civil disobedience in the tradition of the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-eviction movements of the Great Depression, and many more social justice movements worldwide. Our goals are to secure housing for those in need, challenge unjust laws and practices, and build a long-term nonviolent movement for human rights and economic justice. We will combine civil disobedience, community organizing, public demonstrations, and media to meet our goals. Actions include:

 

Foreclosure Resistance – People facing eviction because their home was foreclosed will unite with community supporters and publicly refuse to leave their homes.

 

Housing Takeovers – Homeless families, including those recently evicted after having their homes foreclosed, will move into vacant properties that are either government owned or bank owned.

 

Bank Demonstrations – Protests and rallies will be held outside the major banks profiting from the housing collapse; those who received bailouts and are kicking families into the streets, including Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo.

 

Actions are so far planned in the following cities:

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Detroit, MI
  • San Francisco, CA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Louisville, KY
  • Nashville, TN
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Portland, OR
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Waveland, MS
  • Fresno, CA
  • St. Petersburg, FL
Why now?

 

 
Last year a record 3 million plus homes were foreclosed in the U.S. and this year is set to surpass that number. The same banks that caused the housing collapse received billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded bailouts and are now kicking millions of people out of their homes – the same people who financed their bailouts! Some of those banks are earning record profits from these practices. Meanwhile, national resources continue to be allocated towards wars abroad and away from social services at home. Across the country we see these policies result in the cruel increase of both homelessness and vacant properties. We think it’s morally and economically unjust for children to be homeless while surrounded by empty houses. Houses should not be tools for corporate profit. They should serve to house those who need them. Housing is a human right!
 
The housing crisis mirrors a larger economic pattern – the massive concentration of wealth and the global spread of poverty. The problem is not one of scarcity, but of distribution. It is a fundamental problem of our economic system. We recognize that our government serves the wealthy and is bought and controlled by the corporations that dominate the world’s resources and finance political campaigns. So instead of chasing politicians we work directly with our communities. PPEHRC supports people taking action throughout May 2010 to challenge this unjust economic system of privatization and corporate control. We will continue to challenge injustice and build a nonviolent movement to heal our communities and our planet.
 
Get Involved!

 

 
We need to work together to overcome the huge challenges we face. If you are being evicted because your property was foreclosed we will do everything we can to help you stay in your house. If you have already been evicted we want to help you take over a vacant house. Anyone who wants to build a better world is welcome to join this diverse and growing campaign. Please contact us to get involved with the movement for housing and human rights!
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