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Will you be at the US Social Forum this week? Attend "From Austerity to Prosperity: A Housing People's Movement" and share with national attendees Philadelphia's challenges as we build a national housing movement. ... See MoreSee Less

This PMA at the U.S. Social Forum (ussfphilly.org) will explore the criminalization of low-income and homeless people, taking back the land, maintaining homes and communities, national and international housing policy, and racism in housing. After the PMA, we will go on a March from Austerity to Prosperity from 2:00 to 4:00 pm (event page: www.facebook.com/events/1621794794744611/). This march will be an opportunity for participants in the @[463275273817763:274:US Social Forum Philly] and the broader community to take to the streets to demand that another system is necessary, one that prioritizes human lives, strong communities, and ecological health over greed and profit. For more info: ussfphilly.org Email: housingpma@ussfphilly.org Long Description: This people’s movement assembly seeks to offer a broad picture of the housing crisis, prioritizing the leadership and perspectives of those most impacted. The themes of this PMA were developed through gathering input from a collection of affordable, HUD and public housing; land; anti-gentrification; land trust; housing trust; and homeless advocates from around the country. Through this crowdsourcing, we can see the similarities between these struggles around the country, revealing the great potential for a unified housing justice movement locally, nationally, and internationally to fight for the human rights to housing, land, and the city. In addition to other themes brought up in the PMA, we will analyze 1) the criminalization and penalization of low-income and homeless people, 2) taking back the land, 3) maintaining homes and communities, 4) housing on the national level, 5) housing on the global level, and 6) racism in housing. Each theme will form the basis of a facilitated breakout group, where participants will come together to create solutions to the crises facing their communities and tackle questions such as: -How do we organize to sustainably decriminalize homelessness? -How can land be committed to community use? -How do we prevent displacement and preserve tenants' rights and accessibility to housing and communities in the face of massive market-oriented development? -What are alternative ways to fund investment in public housing without privatizing ownership? -How do we connect local and national housing movements to global organizations and social movements addressing the Right to Housing, Land and the City?

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From Austerity to Prosperity: A People's Movement Assembly on the Human Rights to Housing, Land and the City

June 27, 2015, 9:00am

Temple University: Student Center 200C

This PMA at the U.S. Social Forum (ussfphilly.org) will explore the criminalization of low-income and homeless people, taking back the land, maintaining homes and communities, national and international housing policy, and racism in housing. After the PMA, we will go on a March from Austerity to Prosperity from 2:00 to 4:00 pm (event page: www.facebook.com/events/1621794794744611/). This march will be an opportunity for participants in the US Social Forum Philly and the broader community to take to the streets to demand that another system is necessary, one that prioritizes human lives, strong communities, and ecological health over greed and profit. For more info: ussfphilly.org Email: housingpma@ussfphilly.org Long Description: This people’s movement assembly seeks to offer a broad picture of the housing crisis, prioritizing the leadership and perspectives of those most impacted. The themes of this PMA were developed through gathering input from a collection of affordable, HUD and public housing; land; anti-gentrification; land trust; housing trust; and homeless advocates from around the country. Through this crowdsourcing, we can see the similarities between these struggles around the country, revealing the great potential for a unified housing justice movement locally, nationally, and internationally to fight for the human rights to housing, land, and the city. In addition to other themes brought up in the PMA, we will analyze 1) the criminalization and penalization of low-income and homeless people, 2) taking back the land, 3) maintaining homes and communities, 4) housing on the national level, 5) housing on the global level, and 6) racism in housing. Each theme will form the basis of a facilitated breakout group, where participants will come together to create solutions to the crises facing their communities and tackle questions such as: -How do we organize to sustainably decriminalize homelessness? -How can land be committed to community use? -How do we prevent displacement and preserve tenants' rights and accessibility to housing and communities in the face of massive market-oriented development? -What are alternative ways to fund investment in public housing without privatizing ownership? -How do we connect local and national housing movements to global organizations and social movements addressing the Right to Housing, Land and the City?

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The Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities is co-hosting a workshop at the US Social Forum this week. The story of the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land will be highlighted. ... See MoreSee Less

Join PCAC and member organization, the Women's Community Revitalization Project at the US Social Forum for this workshop on coalition building. Coalition building is an important skill for housing advocates to learn in order to slow the tide of development-caused displacement. Across the United States increased housing costs and real estate speculation have been displacing long term residents, businesses, and institutions. Displacement doesn’t only affect housing advocates. Labor, faith, urban agriculture and neighborhood groups are also at risk of being displaced by development. Those groups can work together to implement a number of different laws and policies that can prevent displacement and create permanently affordable housing. But how do you get diverse groups to work together to achieve these goals? In this energizing workshop participants will explore coalition building basics and will hear some success stories from Philly-based Housing advocates.

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Building a Diverse Coalition to Win the Fight Against Displacement

June 26, 2015, 10:30am

Howard Gittis Student Center Room 217b, 1755 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Join PCAC and member organization, the Women's Community Revitalization Project at the US Social Forum for this workshop on coalition building. Coalition building is an important skill for housing advocates to learn in order to slow the tide of development-caused displacement. Across the United States increased housing costs and real estate speculation have been displacing long term residents, businesses, and institutions. Displacement doesn’t only affect housing advocates. Labor, faith, urban agriculture and neighborhood groups are also at risk of being displaced by development. Those groups can work together to implement a number of different laws and policies that can prevent displacement and create permanently affordable housing. But how do you get diverse groups to work together to achieve these goals? In this energizing workshop participants will explore coalition building basics and will hear some success stories from Philly-based Housing advocates.

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