2020-09-29 16:29:34

Philly Activists Reclaim 50 Vacant Houses, Creating a Model for Organizing as Mass Evictions Loom

In a historic victory for unhoused people, Philadelphia city officials agreed to hand over 50 vacant homes to a community land trust, following months of organizing and protest encampments.

Democracy Now! hears from one of the organizers and speak to Philadelphia-based Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, who has written extensively about housing insecurity and says the direct actions there are applicable across the U.S.

"This dynamic exists all over the country where you have both empty housing and houseless people, a completely irrational expression of what American capitalism means," Taylor says.

The sustained movement in Philadelphia established "a model for what all tenant organizing and activist groups should be taking up, which is occupy the space, occupy the properties and put political pressure on public housing authorities to do their job and house people that are unhoused."

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. 

Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Activism Amy Goodman Democracy Now! Free Speech TV Housing Philadelphia United States

Human Rights and Equality

Democracy Now!

Afghanistan: The Taliban Cracks Down on Women's Rights as U.S. Sanctions Worsen Humanitarian Crisis

Afghanistan: The Taliban Cracks Down on Women's Rights as U.S. Sanctions Worsen Humanitarian Crisis

Democracy Now!

As Rent Soars & Evictions Spike, Will Biden Address Housing Crisis with Same Urgency as Gas Prices?

As Rent Soars & Evictions Spike, Will Biden Address Housing Crisis with Same Urgency as Gas Prices?

Rising Up With Sonali

Did Kansas Prove Ballot Measures Can Restore Abortion Rights?

Did Kansas Prove Ballot Measures Can Restore Abortion Rights?

The Randi Rhodes' Show

More From The Louisville Investigation

More From The Louisville Investigation

Related

The Thom Hartmann Program

Growing Threat From Right Wing Christian Nationalism Featuring Dean Obeidallah

Growing Threat From Right Wing Christian Nationalism Featuring Dean Obeidallah

Democracy Now!

Filipino Activist Walden Bello Speaks Out After Arrest Just Weeks After Marcos Jr. Inauguration

Filipino Activist Walden Bello Speaks Out After Arrest Just Weeks After Marcos Jr. Inauguration

Democracy Now!

Saudi Spying Inside Twitter Led to Torture & Jailing of Saudi Man Who Ran Satirical Account

Saudi Spying Inside Twitter Led to Torture & Jailing of Saudi Man Who Ran Satirical Account

Democracy Now!

Afghanistan: The Taliban Cracks Down on Women's Rights as U.S. Sanctions Worsen Humanitarian Crisis

Afghanistan: The Taliban Cracks Down on Women's Rights as U.S. Sanctions Worsen Humanitarian Crisis

Proud Partners