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Organize an action in your community for International Housing Rights/Zero Eviction Days in October!

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Housing rights networks in the US and Canada are fighting back. The USA-Canada Alliance of Inhabitants has launched a campaign to fight the criminalization of the homeless and affirm the right to housing for all. The National Alliance of HUD Tenants has mobilized to fight budget cuts, rent increases and time limits on housing aid that threaten millions with displacement. Take Back the Land and others are taking direct action to block foreclosures and evictions and to house the homeless in cities across the US.

And all are joining the World Habitat Days launched by Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI)...

As threats to our homes have multiplied, housing rights networks in the US and Canada are fighting back. The USA-Canada Alliance of Inhabitants has launched a campaign to fight the criminalization of the homeless and affirm the right to housing for all. The National Alliance of HUD Tenants has mobilized to fight budget cuts, rent increases and time limits on housing aid that threaten millions with displacement. Take Back the Land and others are taking direct action to block foreclosures and evictions and to house the homeless in cities across the US.

The Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) have issued a joint global Call to Action urging local housing organizations to sponsor a public action or protest in their communities starting mid September through early November , with a focus around the UN’s World Habitat Day on Monday, October 3, to raise the profile of the struggle for housing rights  in opposition to neoliberal policies of massive forced evictions and foreclosures, budget cuts, criminalization of the homeless, and speculation in land and housing.

National and local organizations are called to link their currently or new planned actions related to the right to housing from mid-September through early November--demonstrations, marches, cultural events, take-overs, take-backs, truth commissions, public hearings and the like --to the global and national campaign.

This fall, Housing Rights/Zero Eviction Days will be marked in several cities by the release of More than a Roof,  a grassroots documentary film chronicling the first official tour of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing to the United States. To screen, contact mtar@nesri.org . The US has yet to act on the UN Report, which spotlighted the many failures of the wealthiest country on the planet to secure adequate housing for its people.

Since 2003, the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) has coordinated HIC’s Housing and Land Rights Days of Action in the US each October. As threats to our homes have multiplied, NAHT has joined with the newly formed USA-Canada Alliance of Inhabitants (USACAI), an IAI affiliate, to issue this Joint Call to Action.

To participate, simply forward a brief description of your action for posting to the the IAI website at www.habitants.org , the HIC website at www.hic-net.org , and the NAHT website www.saveourhomes.org . We also ask local groups to post video or news clips about their actions on the campaign websites.

  • Homes, Not Jails, for the Homeless!  
  • No Budget Cuts to Housing! Tax the Rich Instead!  
  • Stop Bank Foreclosures Now!  
  • Stop the Privatization of Public Housing!  
  • Implement the UN Report on the Right to Housing!

CONTACT any of the following for more information:

International Alliance of Inhabitants: Info@habitants.org  USACAI: mbricker@temple.edu  

HIC’s US Board contact: Michael Kane, NAHT@saveourhomes.org  

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