City-wide Summit on Housing as a Human Right

Posted April 5th, 2013 @ 8:42 AM by

Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, and a broad Coalition of people are going to Meet April 27, 2013 to realize his vision.

HONOR DR. KING AND REALIZE HIS VISION:

CALL FOR A CITY-WIDE SUMMIT ON HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT!

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., slain while supporting the starvation-wage sanitation workers of Memphis, Tennessee. In the last days of his life, Dr. King articulated a demand for the immediate abolition of poverty and the recognition of housing as a human right.

In November, 2011, a long struggle by a broad coalition of Madison-area housing activists reached a milestone when the City of Madison Common Council passed a resolution recognizing housing as a human right. In July, 2012, Dane County passed an even stronger resolution recognizing housing as a human right.

Now, on April 27, housing activists, members of the homeless community, clergy, labor and the legal profession will meet in Madison to discuss, debate and confer on the next steps forward in this all-important struggle.

We meet at a time when the ranks of the homeless and destitute continue to grow and punitive policies against the unhoused create barriers to housing and employment. We meet as public resources underwrite luxury apartments while shelters close and homeowners face foreclosure. We meet as homeless veterans find themselves again at war—this time for their own survival.

WE CALL UPON ALL INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS, ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS TO TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SUMMIT AND JOIN THE RIGHT TO HOUSING MOVEMENT.

Saturday, April 27, 2013: Morning Session: 9 am, First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave., Madison WI; Afternoon Session 1:00 pm, Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI.

Sponsored by: Affordable Housing Action Alliance * Progressive Dane * National Lawyers Guild * Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin * Madison-area Urban Ministry * First Unitarian Society * United Legal Workers

Next planning meeting: Saturday, April 6, 2013, 10:00 am, Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson (“Willy”) Street, Madison, WI

For further information contact: anthonyd.princelaw@yahoo.com or call 608-233-7355.


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