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(en) US, Miami, All Out Against Gentrification*

Date Wed, 10 Jan 2007 21:37:01 +0200

Miami SuperBowl Week-of-Action -- Mobilize for affordable housing and community control of land -- January 29-February 3, 2007
The County of Miami/Dade has lied to, deceived, and abandoned its people. Developers' greed and political corruption have left residents to fend for themselves in the face of a severe and widely recognized housing crisis. In one of the most severe cases, Miami's Hope VI Plan shut down the Scott-Carver Project's 851 units of public housing, replacing them with only 80 units. Meanwhile, city officials vote to destroy Black and Latino/a neighborhoods by giving away public land to erect condos for an influx of richer, whiter residents.
While this process of gentrification may be occurring at an accelerated pace in South Florida, it is not an isolated trend. Urban acreas across the U.S. are feeling its effects: displacement, poverty, homelessness... This is the extension of a colonialism that displaced people from their places of origin; an industrial capitalism that forced people into cities; and a racist segregation that abandoned them there. Now people are being disenfranchised again by money-hungry real estate investors. This is the ongoing story of people who don't have control over their own land and communities. But it's time for another story to be told...

On February 4, 2007, the Superbowl will take place in Miami and news media from around the country will focus on our city. While government officials spend millions making the city look good for the game they will continue to hide and ignore the crisis in housing. But community activists will be taking the opportunity to highlight the impacts of gentrification and grassroots resistance to it, not only in Miami-Dade County, but throughout the entire country's urban communities.

There will be coordinated and autonomous actions for the week leading up to the big game, January 29 to February 3, 2007. All are invited to participate. A calendar of events and actions will be available as the week draws nearer. Tent housing will be available for the week of action.

For updates and more background info, check: TakeBackTheLand.blogspot.com
***this is an anti-authoritarian initiative.***
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