Abitanti delle Americhe
November 29 and 30 2007 The “Social Housing for an Urban World” Day took place under two intense days of working and a huge meeting of organisations of civil society and local and national representatives as well as international organisations. It was organised by Habitat Network, Argentina ( Red Hábitat Argentina ) and the Urban Social Forum of the Tierra del Fuego Province.
Following almost four decades of struggle for urban land to build their houses, mutual-aid housing cooperatives confront the progressive government of President Tabaré Vázquez, which has criminalized occupations and bogged down loans.
Harsh pronouncement: IAI vows to take Mexico’s case to the United Nations Advisory Group on Forced Evictions In the run up to World Zero Evictions Day, the Consejo Nacional de Defensa de la Vivienda (National Housing Defence Council - CDV) met with Cesare Ottolini, Coordinator of the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI), to analyse the housing situation and evictions promoted by the Mexican Federal Government. Using legal evidence, CDV demonstrated that in Mexico, the Federal Government is undertaking a series of irregular operations. These include selling unpaid debts to American debt collection agencies, and the eviction of thousands of persons who are unable to pay their home purchase loans because they have no jobs. The Federal Government has thus failed to adhere to legally-binding international agreements guaranteeing the Mexican people the right to decent housing.
The New Orleans Solidarity Organizing Committee - Minnesota Branch unites with the New Orleans Public Housing and Right to Return Movement and the United Front for Affordable Housing to demand a halt to HUD’s plans to demolish approximately 5,000 units of badly needed and structurally sound public housing. HUD‘s planned demolition of this valuable housing resource would exacerbate the suffering of low income New Orleans tenants and effectively block their return to New Orleans, in violation of human rights standards, commitments, and common decency as shared by all peoples of the world. HUD should turn its energies to housing people in need and facilitating the return of New Orleans low income residents rather than demolishing their homes and blocking their return.
Duro pronunciamiento AIH que llevara el caso México al Comité sobre desalojos de las Naciones Unidas
6 ноября 2007 г.
El paso de la tormenta Noel afecta al pueblo. Les informamos que, aun a sabiendas del uso político que suelen hacer las fuerzas dominantes de tragedias como estas, organizaciones del movimiento social, Foro Social Alternativo, Red Urbano Popular, Campaña Cero Desalojos, entre otras, estamos inmersos en las labores humanistas de socorro a los sectores afectados, muchos de los cuales son nuestra propia gente.
With caravans bringing in approximately one thousand five hundred community leaders from around the country, CONAM’s day in Brasília was characterized by a protest march through the Esplanade of Ministries, public hearings at the ministries and a ‘blitz’ on Congress.
Complicit governments have reduced the constitutional right to housing to nothing Article 123 of the Mexican political constitution, a product of the 1910 revolution, requires employers to provide housing for their employees. However, Mexican big business and its ally the federal government refused to grant this right for many long decades, and it was not until 1970 that worker action and pressure forced them to uphold it. Employers and the federal government shrewdly set up housing institutions financed by 5% of workers’ salaries, 5% of employers’ salaries and 5% of the State budget.
Cancel the debt for participative reconstruction The International Alliance of Inhabitants, a network that brings together inhabitants’ organisations from diverse parts of the world, hereby expresses its solidarity with t the Peruvian populations struck by the destructive earthquake last October 15th,. This devastating event has left in it’s wake hundreds of victims affecting the lives of thousands of people. There is now a huge job to undertake: the reconstruction of villages that have vanished and homes that have been damaged.