Housing Movement and Occupy Join Forces to Liberate Housing
On December 6th, 2011, the Human Right to Housing Program's allies and friends teamed up with Occupy groups across the country for a highlypublicizedDayofAction in over 25 cities. A total of 45 diverse events, from foreclosure auction protests to "housing liberations" (moving homeless families into people-less homes), drew attention to the ongoing mass displacement occurring as a result of years of continued policies that have allowed housing to be used as collateral for speculative financial dealings.
As Rob Robinson, full-time Housing Program volunteer and co-founder of TBLM, told the International Business Times, the Day of Action is not the end. TBLM is already planning a 2012 "Spring Offensive." In the days leading up to the Offensive, TBLM and the Housing Program will work with communities to build leadership around a collective alternative vision for housing built on human rights principles.
In partnership with communities, NESRI works to build a broad movement for economic & social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Based on the principle that fundamental human needs create human rights obligations on the part of government and the private sector, NESRI advocates for public policies that guarantee the universal and equitable fulfillment of these rights in the United States.