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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.

Taco Pampa, Argentina: a threatened model of social economy

For over 100 years, a group of approximately 80 families have been living and maintaining a productive system in the territory of the department of La Paz which has enabled not only the survival of these families, but a model of production that is balanced with the environment. In June 2004, the bulldozers of the national and US capital enterprise Los Poquiteros S.A intended to enter the fields belonging to these families, and the population started the resistance.

Considerations on the massive evictions in Mexico

The 1994 economic crisis caused many small businesses, farmers and families of workers, who had mortgage loans with privatisated banks, to go bankrupt. This then caused major inflation of over 100%. This meant that debts doubled from one day to the next and, with late interests, they were unable to pay back their loans. The ’94 economic crisis is known in Mexico as the ‘December Mistake’, but it also took place just after the crisis involving the transition from one Priist government to another.