Series: Co-Sponsored with Radical Public Health, Metropolitan Tenants Organization, Minority Students for the Advancement of Public Health, Public Health Student Association, UIC Department of Urban Planning and Policy
The foreclosure crisis has had devastating effects on our nation's public health, creating a "public hell" for many. Across the country, ten million Americans have been thrown out of their homes, and predatory lending and the resultant legal battles have rendered these people homeless and their homes people-less. In Chicago alone, more than 116,000 individuals were homeless during the 2012–13 school year—an increase of more than 10% from the year before, according to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
For African Americans—who have been hit the hardest by foreclosure and eviction—this is just one more chapter in a long history of landlessness. After generations of struggle for basic human and civil rights, many are now finding it difficult to hold onto the right to own the most basic and necessary property: a home.
On Tuesday, October 29, join us at UIC's School of Public Health to hear the stories of African American home liberators who were threatened with foreclosure and eviction and decided to fight back: challenging the banks, organizing with their neighbors, and occupying vacant and foreclosed homes. Laura Gottesdiener, author of A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, will present stories from her book, and local housing activists, some featured in her book, will share the history, politics, and future of the struggle for the community control of land.
Panelists will include:
Reviews of A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home:
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.