Zero Evictions Days 2020
Pittsburgh and other cities join the International Alliance of Inhabitants’ Zero Evictions Days (October 2020)-International solidarity to achieve dignity and security in housing.
Housing is Health Care! Why Housing Must Be Treated as a Human Right
PUSHing The Human Right to Housing
Together with the CMU Film Festival and other partners, we’re working to advance struggles for housing justice at this moment of acute crisis. Housing is increasingly unaffordable for people around the world and housing insecurity is rising. Join us in watching the documentary film Film Screening, Push, which tells the story of how global banks and investment firms control residential housing around the world and push out low-income residents, turning our communities into sources of private profit. But the film tells another story too: residents are coming together to demand that housing be protected as a human right.
You are invited to join this discussion and learn what you can do to make housing a human right!
- Watch the film
- From October 24-November 1. 2020, you can screen the film online. One you purchase your ticket, you have 7 days to start watching the film, and 24 hours to finish it once you start.
- We have a limited number of free passes available for those who register for the Thursday October 29 discussion; to register and receive your free pass, click here. [Webinar registration link TBA]. Tickets $12.
- Join the discussion
- On Thursday October 29, 7:00PM, join us for a discussion with former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Housing, Leilani Farha, whose work is featured in the film. Farha will speak about her work bringing demands for housing justice to governments and working with the global housing rights movement through her organization #Maketheshift.
- Other panelists will include:
- Continue this conversation and engage locally
- On Thursday November 5 at 7PM we’ll continue this conversation with Leilani Farha and local housing rights advocates from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to explore the current housing challenges in our cities and how we can work to build a more powerful movement to protect human rights and dignity for everyone in our communities. How can we push our political leaders to #Maketheshift and treat housing as a human right, not a commodity?
- Panelists TBA
- Note: You can view the film, Push, online between October 24 and November 1. We have a limited number of free passes, and tickets can be purchased for $12. Once you register for tickets you can view the film within 7 days (Note: once you begin viewing you have 24 hours to watch film).
- 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
- International Call: Zero Evictions for Coronavirus (March 13, 2020): The International Alliance of Inhabitants has been coordinating global pressure on governments and international agencies like the United Nations to ensure that policies are in place to enable people to quarantine safely in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve been pushing for a global moratorium on evictions and raising awareness of how this crisis illustrates the importance of the human right to housing for everyone’s safety and well-being.
- 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)
Local Housing Justice Work