Zero Evictions Days 2020
Pittsburgh joins the International Alliance of Inhabitants’ Zero Evictions Days (October 2020)-International solidarity to achieve dignity and security in housing.
- October 24-November 1: Film Screening, Push (online-Link TBA)
- Thursday October 29 7:00pm Webinar: Featuring Leilani Farha—former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing: Explore the lessons behind the film and the work to build a global housing rights movement.
- Thursday November 5 7:00PM –Webinar: Pennsylvania housing advocates and public health leaders discuss their work and perspectives on Push and October 29 panel.
Housing is Health Care! Why Housing Must Be Treated as a Human Right Together with the CMU Film Festival and other partners, we’re working to advance struggles for housing justice at this moment of acute crisis. Join others in watching the documentary film, Push, which documents how global banks and investment firms are increasingly controlling residential housing around the world. More and more renters are vulnerable to investment firms and other absentee landlords, who have turned our communities into profitable sources of private investment income. But there’s another story too: residents are coming together worldwide, using global human rights to demand that housing be protected as a human right, and that our city’s residents have a more central role in shaping our communities. View the film Push online between October 24 and November 1, and on Thursday October 29, 7:00PM, join our webinar to meet the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Housing, Leilani Farha, who has been bringing demands for housing justice to the highest levels of government. Farha will speak to how these global changes impact cities like Pittsburgh and discuss how she is working to support the global housing rights movement through her organization, #Maketheshift. We’ll continue this conversation with a panel of local housing rights advocates, reflecting on the current housing challenges facing our city’s residents and how we can work to build a more powerful movement to protect our right to our city. Webinar: Housing Justice, Human Rights and Health: Global and Local Perspectives -Thursday November 5, 7:00PM—Join our panel of local housing advocates to hear their perspectives on the housing justice documentary film, Push and on the presentation by Leilani Farha at the October 29 webinar.
- This event is part of our webinar series, Learning from COVID-19: Shaping a Health and Human Rights Agenda for our Region
Co-sponsoring groups: Carnegie Mellon University Film festival; University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center; US Human Rights Cities Alliance, Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance; University Human Rights Working Group and Student Task Force; University of Pittsburgh Sociology Department, University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law
- Office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing
- COVID-19 and Government Obligations Regarding the Human Right to Housing-UN Guidance and Background
- Protecting the right to housing in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Housing is a RIGHT, not a commodity
- Guidance Note: Prohibition of evictions in Pandemic (April 28, 2020)
- Report to the General Assembly: Covid-19 and the right to adequate housing (July 27, 2020)
- COVID-19 Guidance Note: Protecting housing from financialization and building back a better future UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing (April 28, 2020)
- Ban evictions during COVID-19 pandemic, UN expert urges (August 2020)