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Take Back The Land
Dedicated to elevating housing to the level of a human right. We are community-led and engage in campaigns of civil disobedience to secure housing for families and community control over land.

On the Lokashakti Network since:
Thursday, 23 February 2012

Year founded: 2006

Washington, District of Columbia
United States

Mailing address:
PO Box 4570
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
United States

Phone: +1 786 231 3446

Type of network resource:
  • Activist Organization

Issues addressed:
  • Housing / Homelessness
  • Human Rights
  • Poverty / Hunger
  • Political Accountability / Transparency

Further classification:
  • National Office
  • Umbrella Organization


Take Back The Land
The Take Back the Land Movement is a national network of organizations dedicated to elevating housing to the level of a human right and securing community control over land. The Movement must be led by impacted communities and is firmly rooted in 'Positive Action' campaigns, including those which break the immoral laws which allow banks to gain billions in profit while human beings are made homeless.

The Take Back the Land Movement is rooted in the following principles:

•Housing is a human right;
•Local community control over land and housing;
•Leadership by impacted communities, particularly low income women of color;
•Positive Action (direct action) oriented campaigns.

The overarching objective of the Take Back the Land Movement correlate significantly with our principles:

•Fundamentally transform land relationships;
•Elevate housing to the level of a human right;
•Community control over land and housing;
•Empower impacted communities, particularly low income communities of color.

In order to achieve these movement objectives, we must design and implement a series of campaigns, whose objectives support those of the broader movement. Therefore, campaign action areas include:

•Foreclosure-related evictions. In the context of the worse housing crisis in memory, evicting families and creating more vacant homes in communities is counterproductive.
•Foreclosed homes. These homes must be filled with families in need of housing.
•Vacant foreclosed and government owned buildings. At a time of such great need, these vacant structures shock the moral conscience. They must be used to housing people.
•Vacant foreclosed and government owned land. Now that “boom” times are over, vacant land must now be returned to the common good.
•Public housing. Public housing must be protected because we cannot afford to lose low-income housing.
•The right to return. Whether through gentrification, public housing demolition or the combination of natural disasters and government actions, those forced to leave their long-time communities must have the right to return.

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