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México: One year defending your homes

The Council for the Defence of Housing (CDV) has made important progress in the fight for the right to housing for the workers of Mexico. On 14 June it held its National Evaluation Meeting in Mexico City to mark the first anniversary of its starting work. Let me describe the Council’s main achievements. Laura Itzel Castillo, 18 June 2008

Investigación: caso inquilinos del área metropolitana de Caracas

Esta pequeña investigación se realizo al grupo social de los inquilinos del Área Metropolitana de Caracas pertenecientes a la Red Metropolitana de Inquilinos.A parte de la justificación, aquí se plantea una propuesta para un decreto de inamovilidad inquilinaria, es solo una propuesta, pero que podría solventar momentaneamente la crisis que se esta viviendo con respecto a los desalojos forzosos. Cabe destacar que el movimiento social Red Metropolitana de Inquilinos, sede U.B.V. esta desarrollando investigaciones, propuesta y no solo se limita al hecho meramente reinvindicativo.También es necesario mencionar que del movimiento original, se han desprendido pequeños grupos que están igualmente trabajando por la reinvindicación inquilinaria pero desde una perspectiva ideológica diferente, la cual respetamos.Espero sea de utilidad este trabajo realizado con la colaboración y el entusiasmo de muchos iquilinos de la Red Metropolitana de Inquilinos.Elizabeth Santos    

The celebration of Quebec’s 400 years: the ‘4-Lesses’ Camp

The 4-Lesses are, the homeless, the penniless, the less privileged, and the voiceless. These are persons and families throughout Quebec, who face housing and nomadic problems, those who are denied the right to housing on a daily basis. Call-out for support for an Action Supporting People Living in Poor Housing Conditions, Quebec (Canada), June 26th to June 28th, 2008.doc [103.00 kB]

The right to housing in the Lima Declaration

… Adopt, inter alia, measures like debt swap for social investment (inter alia, in health, access to drinking water, education and housing) … to finance social policies … PERU.21 , May 2008

US squats are on the rise

Mon May 19, 2008 2:47am EDT BROCKTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) - They enter through a broken first-floor window each night to sleep on a moldy bed in the abandoned four-family house at 827 Main Street, part of a new generation of squatters emboldened by America's housing foreclosure crisis.

Declaration of the People’s Summit

Linking Alternatives 3 (13-16 May 2008, Lima) Social, political, popular movements, workers, migrants, indigenous peoples and peasants, women’s and youths’ movements, and trade union organisations of Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, meeting in Lima for the Peoples’ Summit, Linking Alternatives III, herby declare:

Buenos Aires: Housing is a right, not a business

The autonomous gathering of civil society organisations in Carlos Pelegrini 211 has now collected more than 3,000 signatures. During a ‘week-long camp’, from 12th to 16th of May 2008, they will be present 24 hours a day (120 hours non-stop) campaigning for a positive response for decent housing projects in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

Nashville Homeless, Tired of foreclosures, Reclaim Vacant Government Homes

Nashville, TN: The Nashville Homeless Power Project, a member organization of the PPEHRC in Nashville, TN, led a march of poor and homeless families for housing on Wednesday May 7th, a march which culminated with the takeover of vacant HUD homes. The march began at 1:00 p.m. in front of the Metro Court House then proceeded to Dickerson Road, an area that has been recently rezoned for luxury development.

The City and the Challenges of Popular-Urban Movements

Lima: “Social Summit of the Towns” Urban Forum: May 13th, 3 p.m., Room 6 The social organisations of the Popular Urban Movement, in which we take action in the struggles of the Peruvian people, will come together at the Social Summit of the Towns, to express the voices of the people of the city. And we do this in our condition of self-managed constructors of the cities.

Canada, FRAPRU to organise a “the 4-‘lesses’ Camp” for the Celebration of Quebec’s 400 years

Friday, 14th March 2008-00:06 FRAPRU has dubbed this event the “the 4-‘lesses’ Camp” as “it will address the homeless, the penniless, the less privileged, the voiceless.” The camp will start on June 26th and has planned a national demonstration for the 28th in the streets of Quebec. FRAPRU made the announcement on Tuesday 11th March on the occasion of a march by around 250 persons from the Ministry of Finance on Saint Louis Street, the site of the “Abitation”, built by Samuel de Champlain on his arrival in Quebec.