On December 6th, 2011, the Human Right to Housing Program's allies and friends teamed up with Occupy groups across the country for a highly publicized Day of Action 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
The December 6th action received coverage in national and international media sources, including The Guardian
, Bloomberg Business Week
, CBS-Money Watch
, International Business Times
, The New York Times Blog
, NBC TV New York
, The Daily Intel
, Voice of America
, CNN Money
, Huffington Post
, The Daily Beast
, and Channel 13-WNET NY Public Television
. The day before the action, MotherJones.com quoted
NESRI Executive Director Cathy Albisa on the housing rights activists: "We have faith that they can change the discourse and we need to be ready to capitalize on that moment."
See statement co-authoried by Movement Catalyst, Take Back the Land, and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, Necessary but Insufficient: Principal Reduction as a Response to the Housing Crisis.