Housing

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The legendary Black Panther & National Welfare Rights Activist Rev Annie (Rogers) Chambers sits down with Diane Pagen of Basic Income Action and Basic Income NYC to discuss how a Universal Basic Income Guarantee would affect the Welfare Recipient Community and change the broader landscape of what it means to have welfare in the USA. Now 77 years old and a Public Housing HUD RAB Delegate, Annie Chambers is working to revitalize National Welfare Rights across the country as it seeks to empower the poor & working class while working with organizations such as the Poor People's Campaign. Diane Pagen is nationally known for her research into waste and abuse in the welfare system as well as being a practicing social worker. Ian Schlakman, a co-founder of Basic Income Action and organizer with the newly revived National Welfare Rights will moderate the conversation as we identify the historic conflicts between the Basic Income community and the Welfare Advocates and how the two communities can move forward to advance the agenda of the poor and working class. Topics will include historical accounts about the organizing style of National Welfare Rights including protests in welfare offices and direct confrontation with anti-poor elitist politicians, the Johnnie Tillmon Method of Organizing and then move to the modern struggle of National Welfare Rights advocating for a Basic Income within their important role in the Poor People's march on Washington last year. Visuals of historic National Welfare Rights moments will be presented along with infographics about our current welfare programs. Q&A with the audience will follow the main discussion.

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Thanks to the Global Action Project's Movement History Timeline Technology, we were able to create an online, interactive timeline of the history of the NYC Tenant Movement. We also created curriculum to help folks teach and facilitate a workshop or session on the history of the tenant movement. The goal for the workshop is to learn together about the history of the tenant movement as well as to leave the workshop feeling confident in facilitating your own workshop or session on the history! We hope the workshop will remind us there is a vast and powerful history that should be accessible to all of us, to honor those who came before us, to inspire us to act and to hold us accountable to our future which is as bright as we make it.

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This meeting will examine historical struggles for housing in African American communities as a guide to how we fight the current crisis of foreclosures and evictions. While most histories on housing discrimination have focused on various campaigns for "open" and "fair" housing, little attention has been paid to the battles within Black communities to fight the conditions of substandard housing. In both the 1930s and again in the 1960s the formation of tenant unions and rent strikes were crucial to giving voice to the grievances of the people who lived deteriorating properties. In the 1960s a new dimension to the struggle of housing rights was added when Black homeowners, primarily in Chicago, mobilized to demand an end to redlining and predatory lending practices. This panel looks to connect that history with current housing struggles.

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This round-table discussion will engage the audience and a panel of international organizers and grassroots organization members from Budapest Hungary, South Africa, Rio de Janiero Brazil and the US in a discussion around the human right to housing. In certain countries the human right to housing is realized. In the US,there are numerous treaties signed that guarantee the human right to housing, yet homelessness is at an all time high. Can we actualize the human right to housing by using international law? Why is it, countries considered less progressive in comparison to the US have a human right to housing? Can the human right to housing be actualized in a market based society?

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Coalition Building
Public Housing Under Attack
What is true Affordable Housing
Bring Public & Affordable Housing Together to preserve both

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LA
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This workshop will review the specific means through which to occupy and defend vacant property in the City of New York for the purposes of creating a home and/or social center.

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NYC
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Black Kids in Outer Space is a live and online talkshow that discusses urban planning, bicycles, public transit, and afrofuturism. The concept of freedom is one of the most precious values in the United States, but the freedom of movement in space is a freedom that has eluded African Americans, Native Americans,and other marginalized communities for much of the United States? history. Our conversation will be an attempt to trace the history of this country?s denial of marginalized communities the freedom of the open road and home, through housing policies, police enforcement, and the deliberate removal of funding and capital from those communities.

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This session will tell the story of the Right to Counsel Coalition, which successfully launched a 3-year campaign to make New York City the first city in the US to guarantee a right to an attorney to tenants facing eviction. Speakers will draw insights from their perspectives about how this right is key to fighting gentrification as well as how to implement a new law in a way that creates a right and builds tenant power. Speakers will represent the different perspectives of the coalition: lawyers, advocates and tenants. They will also share lessons learned from the coalition and the campaign, offering insights for other cities who are facing mass evictions and looking for effective tools. They will also discuss the right to defending your home and how it can be used as an organizing tool towards a vision of a right to housing.

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Income Inequality is growing wider by the day while Social Ills keep ailing the global human polity amidst an unparalleled advancement of the technological and scientific frontier.

We are being told that handouts to the poor, minimum wage, Unions, Taxing the Rich Lowering Taxes, Social Security, Universal Basic Income, Free Pre-K, Free College for All, Open Borders and unchecked immigration, Deficit Spending, Unlimited Government borrowing, Reintroducing the Gold Standard, Reforming the Federal Reserve, "Free" Trade or Protectionism, Regulated or Deregulated Markets, Protecting Private Property/Or its centralized appropriation are solutions to the problem.

All these contradictory solutions are being touted by either side of the ruling elites and their parrots in Politics, Media and Academia as solutions
to our Society's problems. Really?

All these schemes have been applied in one form or another and seem to exacerbate the problem rather than solving it. In a battle with the Cancerous Viral effects of "Rent Seeking" behavior both the so called "Left" and the so called "Right" come in armed with band-aids... all the while playing useful idiots
to the one and only real enemy of the Productive Classes i.e the Rent-Seekers (masqueraded as Financiers, Insurance Companies, Real Estate Owners).

So what should the productive classes do? Come and join us in an eye-opening discussion and effective solutions against the progressive gangrene of the economic enslavement of Humanity and the Destruction of our Global Commons.