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Community Land Trust Keeps Prices Affordable—For Now And Forever

Fall 2008: Purple Americaby Daniel Fireside An agenda that puts people first: Housing Since the recent housing boom went bust, the news has been filled with stories of panic-stricken homeowners, skyrocketing foreclosure rates, and multi-billion-dollar taxpayer bailouts.

In the wake of the Guachupita disaster

The people of the Dominican Republic are stunned by the death of eight people, six of them children, in Guachupita, a neighbourhood north of Santo Domingo. Torrential rains from Hurricane Gustav toppled several houses, killing the residents.

Jornada "Tierra y Agua" Posadas, Misiones, Argentina

En Misiones los problemas por la tierra van del campo a la ciudad en un movimiento que sigue una misma lógica: la expulsión de los pobres. El acceso a la vivienda y los servicios públicos resulta cada vez más difícil tanto para los que llegan a la ciudad con la intención de vivir mejor como para los que viviendo en ella no pueden ser parte de la misma. RED HABITAT - ARGENTINA En este contexto, un encuentro para la reflexión y el intercambio como el que propone la Red Hábitat puede aportar en la búsqueda de soluciones que beneficien a todos. Declaración de la Jornada Posadas agosto 2008.pdf [618,33 kB]

Mortgage Crisis Hits 2 Million U.S. Children

NEW YORK, Jul 8 (OneWorld) - Children's advocates say the impacts of the housing and foreclosure crisis are being felt in K-12 classrooms and communities across the country. The United States' current record-breaking rates of mortgage foreclosure will directly impact 2 million children this year and next, according to a recent report from First Focus, a bipartisan child advocacy organization.

Paraguay: Homeless disrobe in protest against public prosecutors

Almost 100 settlers from Finca 66, officially designated as homeless, were involved this Monday in a protest against the district attorneys who ordered their eviction and allegedly irregular arrest. They undressed and shouted all kinds of insults, as well as attempting to assault a journalist. The events took place opposite the District Attorney’s Office, Ciudad del Este.

Peru: residents of San Juan de Lurigancho reject the reforms promoted by Mayor Burgos

Over 5,000 residents of San Juan de Lurigancho answered a call from the the District Committee of Current Social Organisations and demonstrated on 30 June in defense of the System of Citizen Participation and Control, threatened by the actions of Mayor Carlos Burgos Horna.The march set out from the Metro shops and ended with a peaceful demonstration outside the municipal offices. At the end of this demonstration a group sought to petition the mayor to set up a working party to resolve the problem. However, they were received only by the public security services and lesser municipal officials, an indication of the Mayor’s lack of interest in entering into dialogue with civil society.

No, to the European Union “Return Directive”!

For the people's integration! On June 18th, the European Union approved the “Return Directive”, popularly known as the “Directive of Shame.” This new law, sets out rules for expelling illegal immigrants and extending their detention time to up to 18 months. Young children may also be detained for a “short” period, and immigrants may be arrested and expelled from the country by a simple administrative action.

Final Declaration of the Assembly of Caribbean People

Our struggle is for life, solidarity, and Caribbean integration With the approval of the Final Declaration and a call for sovereignty, resistance and integration of Caribbean nations, the working sessions of the 4th Assembly of Caribbean People (ACP) came to a close. The event, which took place in Caimito, a town close to the capital Havana, united 167 delegates from social and political organisations, rural, labour, workers' women's, students' and youth's movements, artists and intellectual movements, environmental, and community-based organisations, solidarity and non-governmental organisations from 20 Caribbean countries, as well as representatives of important networks and campaigns from the continent. Idania Trujillo, Minga Informativa de Movimientos Sociales

The Inauguration of the 4th Assembly of Caribbean People

The 4th Assembly of Caribbean People was inaugurated under the central theme “The Caribbean: Diversity, Resistance, Solidarity and Alternative Integration” at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp in Caminito, a town located some 50 kilometres from Havana. Fernando Remírez de Estenoz, head of the International Relations Department of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, welcomed the participants and gave the Assembly's opening speech.Saludos y propuestas de la Alianza Internacional de Habitantes Announcement IV APC (english).pdf [51,15 kB]

México: One year defending your homes

The Council for the Defence of Housing (CDV) has made important progress in the fight for the right to housing for the workers of Mexico. On 14 June it held its National Evaluation Meeting in Mexico City to mark the first anniversary of its starting work. Let me describe the Council’s main achievements. Laura Itzel Castillo, 18 June 2008