Community Control of Land and Housing as a Human Right: Getting from Here to There

Community Control of Land and Housing as a Human Right: Getting from Here to There

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Workshop presented by Anna Grant and Rob Robinson.

The Take Back the Land movement desires a total transformation in land relationships. Unequal access to and control of land, first because of colonization and then because of commodification, is one of the basic elements of class society. The movement demands, then, that communities--not markets or the state--control their own land and that housing be elevated to the level of a human right. Even when you can articulate such long-term desires, it is a constant challenge to determine what should be done now, how it must be done, and with whom, to most effectively move toward those aims. In this workshop, we will discuss the relationship between "means" and "ends," the role of tactics such as direct land takeovers and modeling alternatives, and the specific strategic challenges facing the Take Back the Land movement right now.

Anna Grant works out of Philadelphia with Movement Catalyst, the 501(c)(3) support organization for the Take Back the Land Network, and with Movimiento Unidad Barrial, an autonomous neighborhood collective in Quito, Ecuador.

Rob Robinson is a special adviser to the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights and a member of the US Human Rights Network. A cofounder of the Take Back the Land national movement, he escaped his own cycle of homelessness and has been in the housing movement in New York City since 2007.