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GLOBAL CONVERGENCES: STRATEGIES AGAINST EVICTIONS & DISPLACEMENT
A Public Roundtable Discussion - Friday, Nov 21 - MIT, Cambridge

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Forced displacement is one of the most crucial issues of our time. Affecting millions of people around the world every year, displacement strips people of their hard-earned wealth, stability, and dignity. It also tears apart the social fabric of entire communities and wreaks massive ecological damage in the process. How are afflicted communities coping with and resisting displacement and evictions? How can we support their fight? And what are our alternatives when dealing with evictions and displacement?

The two-day workshop “Global Convergences: Strategies Against Evictions and Displacement,” co-sponsored by RLS–NYC and MIT’s Displacement Research and Action Network (DRAN), brought together housing and land rights activists, and leading scholars and experts from around the world to discuss strategies against displacement. At this gathering, we examined different ground-level strategies adopted by affected communities against displacement, evaluated experiences from across the globe—particularly in Brazil, India, South Africa and the U.S.—, and assessed the growth and use of global and national standards, tools, and other measures.

Download the program for details about panels and speakers.

A joint public statement emerging from the conference on behalf of displaced communities

A joint public statement emerging from the conference regarding the Long Island (Massachusetts) shelter crisis

Speakers included:

Joana Barros (National Advisor, Federation of Organizations for Social and Educational Assistance, Brazil)
Amita Bhide (Chairperson, Center of Urban Planning, Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India)
Andres Del Castillo (East Boston/North Side Lead Organizer, City Life/Vida Urbana)
Thea Gelbspan (Membership and Solidarity Coordinator, International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, USA)
Michael Kane (Executive Director, National Alliance of HUD Tenants, USA)
Miloon Kothari (DRAN/MIT and Former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing)
Rachel LaForest (Executive Director, Right to the City Alliance, USA)
Lydia Lowe (Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association, USA)
Steve Meacham (Organizing Coordinator, City Life/Vida Urbana)
Frédéric Mousseau (Policy Director, Oakland Institute)
John Mwebe (Policy Coordinator, International Accountability Project)
Priti Narayan (Journalist and Researcher, Transparent Chennai, India)
David Ntseng (Project Manager, Church Land Settlement Programme, South Africa)
Usha Ramanathan (Leading Independent Legal Researcher, India)
Balakrishnan Rajagopal (Professor, MIT, and Founding Director, DRAN/MIT)
Prafulla Samantara (President, Lok Shakti Abhiyan/Odhisa, India)
Tony Samara (Senior Program Manager of Land Use and Housing, Urban Habitat, USA)
Nelson Saule, Jr. (Former National Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Brazil)
Albert Scharenberg (Co-Director, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office)
Joseph Schechla (Coordinator, Housing and Land Rights Network of the Habitat International Coalition, Egypt)
Ryan Schlief (Executive Director, International Accountability Project)
Rodolfo Stavenhagen (Former UN Special Rapporteur, Rights of Indigenous Peoples)
Phil Thompson (Professor, MIT, DRAN Faculty)
Larry Vale (Professor, MIT, DRAN Faculty, Director, Resilient Cities Housing Initiative)
Malavika Vartak (Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Policy Coordinator, Amnesty International, UK)
Juan Xi (Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies, University of Akron, USA)

Friday, November 21, 2-6 PM

MIT Bartos Theater
20 Ames Street, Building E15, Atrium level
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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