Housing and Land Rights: Lessons Learned and Next Steps
The workshop will link international movements for land and housing with efforts within the United States. Hear what has been happening in Miami, New Orleans, Argentina, South Africa and beyond. We'll provide space for a discussion of what type of support is needed in these struggles and what roles those attending the workshop may be able to play. Additionally, we'll discuss the need for horizontal, transnational relationships between grassroots organizations and movement support organizations.
Also, we'll show a clip regarding the current land struggle in South Africa with words from Wendy Pekeur of Sikule Sonke in the Western Cape.
Cesare Ottolini, Coordinator, International Alliance of Inhabitants
Cacha Cena, land rights activist from Tandil, Argentina
Andrea Oliva, activist and ally from Tandil, Argentina
Max Rameau, Take Back the Land, Miami
Moderator: Anjana Samant, Center for Constitutional Rights
La Vivienda y los Derechos a la Tierra: Lecciones Aprendidas y los Próximos Pasos
Housing is an essential human right that is often seen by the government as just another commodity. Fortunately, this issue has mobilized many struggles around the world that are fighting for justice and equality on the land issue and beyond. The intent of this workshop is to link international movements for land and housing with domestic efforts within the United States. Also, we hope to explore different models for “movement support.” This panel will feature brief presentations and break out sessions to discuss areas such as 1) direct action in the US 2) legal support and 3) international solidarity work regarding housing and land rights.
Featured panelists: Wendy Pekeur and Sarah Claasen, President and Secretary General of Sikhula Sonke (South Africa), Max Rameau, Take Back the Land (Miami), Meetali Jain (American University) and we are still attempting to identify someone from the MST in Brazil who will be visiting the United States in June.
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