Squatting, Rent Strikes, and Land Struggles Worldwide
Anders CorrPages: 245
Release Date: 1999-01-01
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In No Trespassing! Anders Corr offers an international study on how people have taken over vacant buildings and unused land—and why it’s a good idea.
Personal research grounds Corr’s writing, including a detailed study of fired banana plantation workers in Honduras whose homes, churches, and schools were bulldozed by Chiquita Brands International. In 1998, this small community forced the Cincinnati-based multinational to allot alternate land, rebuild homes and infrastructure, and provide for new self-managed business collectives.
Corr also provides a vivid, insider’s portrait of the San Francisco squatting organization Homes Not Jails, taking his readers along as activists wield crow-bars and savvy social skills to open vacant buildings and house dozens of homeless people every night.
Based on examples from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States, No Trespassing! offers timely insight not only for activists and academics interested in a global perspective on land and housing, but for everyone searching for strategies of social change and sources of popular revolt.
by Joe Knowles, In These Times
Work hard, don't bitch, and, whatever you do, please don't mooch off the government. Such are the industrious dicta central to all capitalist mythology, from Horatio Alger to Rush Limbaugh. So why, when so many dispossessed people try to do just that, are they evicted from their homes, robbed of everything they own, and sometimes even hunted down by death squads? Simple: They're squatting.
Anders Corr’s No Trespassing: Squatting, Rent Strikes and Land Struggles Worldwide takes a long look at this central paradox to life under capitalism, where corporations are lavishly rewarded for what, in all too many cases, is not much more than wide-scale organized theft, and entire classes are outlawed for trying to take back some measure of what has been stolen from them. One of Corr's many cases in point is the community of Tacamiche, Honduras, where in 1994 hundreds of landless peasants occupied neglected property owned by the notorious banana exporter Chiquita Brands International (on whose behalf the United States has orchestrated various coups throughout Central America this century). Over the course of a year and a half, the peasants, without any government charity, built for themselves a functioning village, including a school, health center and three churches, and made the land—which Chiquita had abandoned as a strike-busting tactic—producti...