USA: National Forum on the Human Right to Housing


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The 2011 National Forum on the Human Right to Housing offers an opportunity to learn more about the exciting work going on across the country and around the world in advocacy for the right to housing, and to participate in planning for the next steps we can take together. Workshops will range from basic instruction on human rights and housing legislation to lobbying techniques and the use of social media. The Forum will conclude with a Congressional briefing on the right to housing, and an opportunity for advocates to meet with their representatives to put into action the skills and knowledge they have gained.

Recent polling indicates that 3/4 of Americans believe that adequate housing is a human right, and 2/3 believe that government programs need to be expanded to ensure this right. Indeed, as President Obama has stated, "it is not acceptable for children and families to be without a roof over their heads in a country as wealthy as ours." Despite these statements, if one looks around, it is clear our ideals do not meet our reality.

Housing advocates in the United States can and should use international human rights standards to reframe the public debate around housing and homelessness, craft and support legislative proposals, supplement legal claims in court, advocate in international fora and support community organizing efforts. The past year was a banner year for the right to housing in the U.S., with a comprehensive report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing on her mission to the U.S., issued in March 2010, and the November 2010 Universal Periodic Review, where advocates spoke directly to the Department of Housing and Urban Development about implementing the right to housing here at home.

Click here for a tentative schedule of events.

Registration will open in March 2011.

About the Thurgood Marshall Center:

Located in Washington, D.C.'s U Street Corridor, the Thurgood Marshall Center is the former home of the first full service YMCA for African Americans. It was designed by one of the nation's first African-American architects, and built largely by African-American artisans. African-American community groups and social clubs convened there when segregation excluded them from other public meeting places. As a young attorney, Thurgood Marshall was a frequent visitor as he designed legal strategies for the civil rights movement. Author Langston Hughes also often visited the center.

Click here for a list of hotels near the Thurgood Marshall Center.

Source: National Law Center on Homlessness & Poverty

Publicado em Mobilization and Agenda | Tagged estados unidos, United States

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