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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.
The Housing Defence Council (Consejo de Defensa de la Vivienda, CDV) held a Forum on the 7th August in Southern Mexico, dealing with ‘the analysis of legislative proposals’ concerning housing. It took place in the town of Coatepec, in the state of Veracruz, specifically at the historic, ancient Zimpizahua hacienda. This was built in the XVIII century and is a place of extraordinary beauty, situated in the middle of a mesophile forest and coffee plantations, which produce a humid, temperate climate and striking mist. It should be noted that 157 local inhabitants attended and fully participated in the Forum.
At 10 am on 18th of September, in Plaza Bolivar, Caracas, the Comités de Tierra Urbana (Urban Land Committee), Red de Inquilinos (Tenants’ Network), Red Metropolitana de Inquilinos (Metropolitan Tenants’ Network), Campamentos de Pioneros (Pioneer Settlements) and the Conderjes Unidos por Venezuela (Caretakers United For Venezuela) gathered together for a march to the Supreme Tribunal of Justice to demand that magistrates put an end to tenant evictions. At 11 am, the group, comprising over a thousand sandal-clad citizens wearing t-shirts bearing the International Alliance of Inhabitants logo and that of its “Zero Evictions“ campaign set off.
The Right to Housing and the City. The Metropolitan Network of Tenants, The Tenants’ Network, The Urban Land Committees, the United Superintendents of Venezuela and the Pioneers’ Camp (La Red Metropolitana de Inquilinos, La Red de Inquilinos, Los Comités de Tierra Urbana, Conserjes Unidos por Venezuela y los Campamentos de Pioneros) are organizations fighting against evictions and for the right to housing. They have created a united platform and decided to fight to end the speculation coming from real estate companies, particularly in Caracas, where the housing deficit has reached close to 1 million families.
A Dominican Proposal to the National and International Community The International IAI Days (Santo Domingo, 18th – 25th April 2007) had a direct impact on the local situation due to the fact that they had as their base the city of Santo Domingo, where the European Colonization of the Americas began in 1492, as did resistance to it. It is the capital of the Dominican Republic, one of the countries with the highest percentage of people (more than 50% of the population of the city of Santo Domingo) living in insecurity and permanently subjected to forced evictions.
More than one hundred representatives of various housing areas and residents’ associations were present at the foundation of the Federation of Neighbourhood Associations of Lima and Callao (FOVELIC) on Sunday 28 January 2007.
11 February 2007: the Cooperative for Social Housing and Habitat Production, COOPHABITAT, was formally established with the endorsement of the government of the Dominican Republic. COOPHABITAT has a list of 173 founding members, share capital of over 125,000 pesos, and an estimated one and a half million potential members in Santo Domingo Province and the National District alone.
On 3 March 2007, in the Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela, the ‘Zero Evictions’ campaign was launched by a platform of organisations working for the right to housing and the democratisation of the city.
Abril 2007 La primera acción tuvo lugar en la ciudad de Betim-RMBH donde el movimiento afiliado a la entidad ocupó un terreno de la alcaldía donde están acampando 48 familias sin vivienda de la ciudad, para que el alcalde Carlaile Pedrosa cumpla la promesa que hiciera al movimiento en la campaña de construcción de 10 mil casas para familias de bajos ingresos.