Take Back the Land in Oakland- January 14 6:30pm

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Jan 13, 2010, 9:49:02 AM1/13/10
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Event Flyer: http://www.takebacktheland.org/images/misc/JCO Flyer 01-14-10.pdf

Max Rameau of the Miami based organization Take Back the Land, will be speaking at the Just Cause Oakland West Oakland office, 3463 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA, on Thursday, January 14, 2010 beginning at 6:30pm. The community presentation, entitled “Elevate Housing to the Level of a Human Right” is free and open to the public.

Take Back the Land gained national and international attention for their campaign to “liberate” housing by identifying vacant government owned and foreclosed homes, opening them and moving “homeless people into people-less homes.” The actions do not enjoy legal protection as the families are moved in without permission from either the banks or the government. The organization also physically defends families facing foreclosure related eviction.

Max Rameau has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, USA Today, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, Democracy NOW!, PBS' NOW program and in the Michael Moore movie, Captialism: a Love Story.

Max argues that housing is a human right, and if governments and the market are unable to provide housing for people, then social justice organizations are morally obligated to fill vacant homes with families in need, through direct action, if necessary.

With the help of the US Human Rights Network (USHRNetwork.org), Take Back the Land is now a national initiative, calling for a May 2010 month of action, during which organizations throughout the country would engage in Take Back the Land type campaigns, including take-overs and defending families from public housing or foreclosure related evictions. Max is in the Bay area meeting with and training organizations interested in the initiative.

Take Back the Land videos and news stories can be found at www.takebacktheland.org More information about Just Cause Oakland can be found at www.justcauseoakland.org

Matt Nelson, Just Cause Oakland: ma...@justcauseoakland.org, 510.763.5877
Max Rameau, Take Back the Land: takebac...@gmail.com

Click Here for Event Flyer http://www.takebacktheland.org/images/misc/JCO Flyer 01-14-10.pdf

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