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Nearly 1,000 Homeless People Died in LA in 2020 as 93,000 Homes Sit Vacant

Alex Ferrer, Terra Graziani and Jacob Woocher Truthout
We must see real estate market for what it truly is: an institution rooted in settler colonialism that allows land (and the housing that sits atop it) to be distributed and controlled by those who have enough money for their preferences to matter.

Trump’s Empty Shell of a Promise to Renters

Diane Yentel Shelterforce
abandoned housing The time for political games, half-measures, and brinkmanship has long passed. Without significant and sustained congressional action, 30 million to 40 million renters are at risk of being evicted by the end of the year.

Friday Nite Videos | November 15, 2019

Portside
Billionaires Freak Out About Warren and Sanders. The Report | Movie. Bernie, AOC Unveil $180 Billion Green New Deal for Public Housing. Why It’s So Hard to Get Mental Health Care | Hasan Minhaj. Understanding the Science of Climate Change.

When German Unions Built Housing for the People

David O'Connell Jacobin
In postwar Germany, a cooperative run by trade unionists created Europe’s largest housing company. Building over 400,000 homes, “Neue Heimat” showed we don’t have to live on the terms dictated by landlords — we can take control for ourselves.
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