People Mobilize to Disrupt Foreclosures and Call for an Eviction Moratorium

People Mobilize to Disrupt Foreclosures and Call for an Eviction Moratorium

A few hundred housing activists, impacted community members, and occupiers in New York City came together last week to disrupt the weekly foreclosure auctions in all five boroughs of the city.  The disruptions began with a reading of a "Declaration of the People's Moratorium on Foreclosures":

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While Communities Move to Claim Vacant Homes for Human Need, Obama Kicks Off Plan to Sell to Wall Street

While Communities Move to Claim Vacant Homes for Human Need, Obama Kicks Off Plan to Sell to Wall Street

“What has taken place was not only predictable, it is a consequence of the very structure of the housing system and financial system,” says Michael E. Stone, Professor of Community Planning at the University of Massachusetts, reflecting on the ongoing foreclosure fallout. Ten million families have already been evicted from their homes as a result of foreclosure, while another 8 to10 million more may join them, according to industry expert Laurie S. Goodman of Amherst Securities Group in a late 2011 testimony delivered to the Senate.

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Congress & National Housing Advocates Betray Residents with Support & Passage of Inequitable HUD Spending Bill

Congress & National Housing Advocates Betray Residents with Support & Passage of Inequitable HUD Spending Bill

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
January 13, 2012
Author: 
Brittany
Organization Title: 
Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights
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Necessary but Insufficient: Principal Reduction as a Response to the Housing Crisis

Necessary but Insufficient: Principal Reduction as a Response to the Housing Crisis

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
December 19, 2011
Author: 
Brittany

There is an overwhelming consensus right now that we face a severe market failure with regard to housing. One industry expert recently testified before Congress that, unless something is done about it, 8 to 10 million more homeowners will lose their homes to foreclosure(1). That is 1 in 5 owners with an outstanding mortgage, and in addition to the 8 million owners who have already lost their homes to foreclosure since 2007.

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Displacing People, Denying Rights, and Destroying Dissent: Criminalization of Human Rights Defenders on the Right to Housing

Displacing People, Denying Rights, and Destroying Dissent: Criminalization of Human Rights Defenders on the Right to Housing

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Groups Aim to Seize Foreclosed Homes in Holiday Protest

Groups Aim to Seize Foreclosed Homes in Holiday Protest

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
December 1, 2011
Author: 
Don Terry
Organization Title: 
Chicago News Cooperative

Even if the winds of winter blow the Occupy Chicago protesters and percussionists off the corner of LaSalle Street and Jackson Boulevard, civil disobedience is not going into hibernation.

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Reflections with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing

Reflections with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing

Special Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik Reflects on More Than a Roof’s Launch, Crackdowns on Dissent & the Struggle to Be Heard in Vermont

On October 21st, 2011, NESRI attended the side event of the 66th United Nations General Assembly on the Right to Adequate Housing. The event was hosted by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Ms. Raquel Rolnik, who presented a report on The Right to Adequate Housing in Disaster Relief and Recovery.

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National Civil Rights Groups Raise Issue with LA Attorney’s “Crackdown on Dissent”

National Civil Rights Groups Raise Issue with LA Attorney’s “Crackdown on Dissent”

National civil and human rights organizations with a long collective history of defending the right of political expression and challenging the targeting of movement leaders submitted a strongly worded appeal letter to the Los Angeles City Attorney on behalf of Mr. Steve Richardson, a community organizer with the LA Community Action Network (LA CAN) based in the Skid Row community of downtown LA. 

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On PBS This Week: US Housing Movement Featured on Tavis Smiley ‘Poverty Tour’ Documentary

On PBS This Week: US Housing Movement Featured on Tavis Smiley ‘Poverty Tour’ Documentary

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Publication Date: 
October 10, 2011
Author: 
Tavis Smiley
Organization Title: 
PBS

This past summer members of the Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) out of Philadelphia, PA traveled the country alongside PBS broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West on a Poverty Tour of the United States.

Yesterday, October 10th PBS’ Tavis Smiley began broadcast the fruits of this outing in a five-part documentary series called “Understanding Our Struggles and Changing Our Conditions: A Poverty Tour Documentary.” It will continue to run through Friday, October 14th.

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The Right to Remain Inhabiting: World Habitat Days 2011

The Right to Remain Inhabiting: World Habitat Days 2011

“I am aware that there are many who wince at the distinction between property and persons – who hold both sacrosanct. My views are not so rigid. A life is sacred. Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on; it is not man.” – Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967

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