Monday, March 27
11:30am – 1pm @ BSB 4102
Homes for people, not for profit!
The struggle to build autonomous community power with Vida Digna
UIC’s Neighborhoods, Housing and Urban Sociology reading group will be Skyping with 20-year housing rights activist from Mexico City, Sergio Pacheco, to discuss his work with the Tlanezi Calli Urban Housing Cooperative and the lessons we can learn from this project.
It has been 10 years since the second worst housing crisis in US history and we are still far from out the woods. Major cities are experiencing the overbuilding of luxury housing, a dearth of affordable and public housing, mass displacement, and even the re-emergence of redlining. At the root of the foreclosure crisis and these ensuing crises is housing policy that privileges the profit of developers and financiers over and above people and a place to live. Finding alternatives that value housing as a human right is necessary in order to avoid and alleviate the adverse consequences of our current policy.
Sergio’s talk will be a chance to learn from the example of the Tlanezi Calli Housing Coop, which responded to crisis (the 1985 Mexico City earthquake) with a project of solidarity and community building, not profit and developer giveaways.
Please RSVP with Chris Poulos (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wednesday, March 29
12 – 1pm @ Student Center East, Illinois Room
Reverend Jesse Jackson, “Trump’s America”