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The Case for a Rent Moratorium

Gianpaolo Baiocchi and H. Jacob Carlson The New York Times
We need another aid bill. Elected officials have a responsibility to stabilize both communities and the housing market.

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Matthew Desmond's `Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City'

Barbara Ehrenreich New York Times Book Review
Matthew Desmond is an academic who teaches at Harvard - a sociologist or, you could say, an ethnographer. But I would like to claim him as a journalist, and one who has set a new standard for reporting on poverty. In Milwaukee, he moved into a trailer park and then to a rooming house on the -poverty-stricken North Side and diligently took notes on the lives of people who pay 70 to 80 percent of their incomes for homes that are unfit for human habitation.

Meet the Faces of Eviction

Right to the City Right To The City
The housing crisis is not over. Millions of families today face unjust eviction and foreclosure.

A Bold Plan to Fix the Mortgage Mess

GRITtv with Laura Flanders explores how eminent domain power could help cities combat the power of the finance sector and give mortgage relief to underwater homeowners.
 

The Backyard Shock Doctrine

Laura Gottesdiener Tom Dispatch
“Internal displacement causes conflict. And there’s no other country in the world that would force so much internal displacement and pretend that it’s something else.”

Home Is Where the Fight Is

Alexandra Bradbury Labor Notes
You don't have to look far to see the connection between workplace and housing struggles. People lose their homes or get evicted from rentals because of unemployment, underemployment, low wages, or health care bills. Organizing works: activists consistently force the banks and mortgage lenders to back off specific homes.
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