Existing economic policies protect the profits of bailed-out banks, big corporations and ultra-wealthy individuals above all else. The resulting system is uninterested in and unable to meet basic human needs. Consequently, there is -- simultaneously -- millions of homeless people and millions more people-less homes, all while the sick cycle of displacement continues on, today, forcibly dislodging homeowners and renters alike from their homes & communities. Wall Street is exploiting us and “our” government is enforcing it. So where do we turn? We turn to us.
Call to Action
In this context, we call for a 2012 Spring Offensive, to take back our land and deliver our economy from the greed of the 1%. Across the country, our communities will come together to engage in locally-driven Positive Action campaigns designed to transform property relationships: to free it from the Bank and Real Estate Giants that use them for speculation and profit, to bring democracy home, and to stimulate neighborhood-based dialogues around community-based alternatives that ensure the equitable & sustainable use of available resources and the dignity & stability of people before profits.
Our Positive Action campaigns will be protracted efforts intent on securing community control over land.
● We will Liberate homes to house human beings and land to benefit the common good.
● We will defend our families against eviction.
● We will Occupy bank lobbies, shareholder meetings, economic summits, government agencies and public squares in protest of ongoing inequities.
● We will hold Neighborhood Assemblies in the form of BBQs, outdoor movies and “Occupy”-style gatherings to build community power in these democratized spaces created for learning together & planning for a better future.
● We will assert Housing as a Human Right.
Positive Action campaigns that move families into vacant foreclosed homes and defend families from eviction, directly confront immoral laws with moral action. Similar to the Civil Rights campaigns where Blacks defied Jim Crow laws with “sit-ins,” these Positive Action campaigns are Human Rights-based “live-ins.”
We are an integral part of a growing global movement stretching from Africa to Europe, from Asia to the Americas. Sponsored by the same indelible human spirit which brought the Arab Spring, the 2012 Spring Offensive will fundamentally transform the possible. This is a moment that cannot be branded, managed or controlled by a single organization. It is our moment. Let us join together in this spirit to Occupy, organize and take action.
Answer the Call
The Spring Offensive will take concerted organizing, above all else. From the Occupy Movement and community based organizations, from faith groups and labor unions, we hope this call will be moved as a proposal to be taken up and owned as our own everywhere we live, work, play, pray and organize.
Take Back the Land-Leadership Committee
PO Box 4570
Washington DC 20017
(212) 253-1710 ext 319
In Unity and Struggle,