New Issue: Shelterforce Magazine
In the current issue of Shelterforce
(http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/124/directaction.html), Miriam Axel-Lute examines how a new generation of activists is rediscovering and employing direct action on behalf of affordable housing – which may become the social justice movement of our time. Now that millions of households face eviction or foreclosure, direct action tactics have the potential to affect public discourse and policymaking. Think of how the civil rights marches and anti- war demonstrations of another era made everyone sit up and take notice, and brought us substantive changes in government policies.
Pop Quiz – If a Presidential Commission issues a report saying there’s a housing crisis, but reporters don’t cover it, will there ever be any change? Longtime activist Chester Hartman (http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/124/millennial.html) reviews the Millennial Housing Commission’s report, and unveils what you missed. Find out what the commission got right, what they got wrong, and what they left out.
You Read it Here First – Community papers might not be on every reporter’s radar, but they could be scooping you on your own beat. Nonprofit organizations are publishing their own newspapers as organizing tools, and getting speedy results for their communities – whether filling potholes or changing a city’s labor policies to include local residents. http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/124/press.html
Important reading in Shelterforce, the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Building Strategies http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/sf124.html
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