Zero Evictions Days 2020
The US Human Rights Cities Alliance joins 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, 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. Tickets $12. Once 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 reserve your free film pass, Click here.
- 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.
Register to participate Oct. 29.
- Other panelists will include:
- Carl Redwood Hill District Consensus Group. (Pittsburgh)
- Dr. Yolande Tomlinson Organization for Human Rights and Democracy & US Human Rights Cities Alliance(Atlanta)
- Rob Robinson (Facilitator), organizer with the US Human Rights Cities Alliance, International Alliance of Inhabitants, and Partners for Dignity and Rights.
- 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? Zoom meeting link
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
Background on Housing and Financialization
- "Why We Must Halt the Land Cycle" -- -6 min. video on the drivers of rising home prices and what can be done about it. Martin Wolfe, chief economics commentator at Financial Times.
- "Communities Over Commodities:People-Driven Alternatives to an Unjust Housing System" Homes for All, 2018.
- Billions of $ subsidies to homeowners dwarf other public assistance New York Times (2011). Public policies that incentivize homeownership have cost taxpayers far more than most people realize--around $100 billion annually. This money could go a long way to support greater housing justice in this country. Not only are these policies unfair to the majority of taxpayers who are renters, but they have also contributed most to the profits of banks and financial institutions, which have engaged in practices that have destabilized economies and contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, among others.
- 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
- Letter to US government on violations of right to housing in the commodification and financialization of housing (March 2019)-This letter points out specific acts and omissions of the US government in fulfilling its obligations to protect the human right to housing and calls for specific actions to end racial discrimination in housing, improve funding for affordable housing, and enforce regulations on businesses to hold them accountable to human rights laws and expectations.
- 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)
- RIGHT TO HOME: A MUNICIPAL CALL TO ACTION-Canadian municipal officials put out this call to action in September 2020 to draw attention and focus resources on the need to keep people in their homes in this pandemic. The initiative reflects efforts to build cross-city cooperation to center human rights in city planning and policy and shift policy dialogue away from market frameworks to recognize and act on the legal rights people have to basic needs like housing.
Local Housing Justice Work
- Black Homes Matter Pittsburgh Fair Development Action Group, 2016
- Pittsburgh’s Hill District: A Short History
- Pittsburgh's CreateLab visualizing trends in Pittsburgh. Maps and other data sources can help us see how financialization and discriminatory policies have impacted various trends in our city. These stories were compiled through partnerships with local organizations, including the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, the Hill Consensus Group, and the UrbanKind Institute.