TAKE BACK THE LAND! Max Rameau speaking in Philly

Friday, April 16th at 7pm

3417 Spruce Street, Houston Hall - Ben Franklin Room

Max Rameau, an organizer with Take Back the Land, will be speaking at the University of Pennsylvania.  Take Back the Land is a Miami-based
grassroots group that has been moving families into foreclosed homes and reclaiming public land since 2006.  Max Rameau is coming to Philly to talk about the national Take Back the Land Campaign and work with communities in Philadelphia facing similar struggles.  This is a great opportunity to learn from someone doing direct work to confront both gentrification and the economic crisis.  Please join us!

We assert our right to the land in our community and to use public space for the public good- specifically, to house, feed and provide community space for the poor, particularly in low income black communities. As such, we are Taking Back the Land and empowering the black community, not the politicians, to determine how to use land for the benefit of the community.
- Take Back the Land Miami

Take Back the Land has partnered with organizations across the country, including the US Human Rights Network, Picture the Homeless, the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, and the Kensington Welfare Rights Union to create a national Take Back the Land campaign beginning on May 1, 2010.

The campaign centers around the principles that housing is a human right, local communities should have control over their own
housing, movements should be lead by those directly impacted,
particularly low-income Black women, and people have the right to use
direct action to reclaim community control.

Galen Tyler, from the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and Kensington Welfare Rights Union, will also be speaking about the Take Back the Land Campaign and the work PPEHRC and KWRU are doing in Philly. Galen Tyler is a formerly homeless father. He was an organizer for the KWRU from 1997-2003. He is a founding member of PPEHRC and is in the leadership body. From 1999 to 2006 Galen sat on an International body as a board member on the Economic, Social, and
Cultural Rights Network(ESCR-NET) and a founding member. In 2003 he became the Executive Director of KWRU. He played leadership role in a couple city-wide coalition, Philadelphia Affordable Housing Coalition and the Campaign for Housing Justice. Galen still remain as a low-income father working with all section of the population to put an end
to homelessness and poverty.

For more information on Take Back the Land, check out
www.takebacktheland.org

For more information on PPEHRC, check out www.economichumanrights.org

Sponsored by the Coalition to Save the Libraries, Students Confronting Racism and White Privilege, the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor People's Economic Human RIghts Campaign