Take Back the Land! Presentation & Discussion for the Sarasota Community ~ Feb 16th
February 9, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TAKE BACK THE LAND: A PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION ON RECLAIMING SPACE & DEMANDING HOUSING JUSTICE
Max Rameau, from the Miami-based organization Take Back the Land, is speaking at New College in Sarasota about his organization's campaign, which takes over foreclosed homes by moving homeless families into them- without permission from the banks or the government. The project has garnered significant national attention. Rameau will discuss the housing and foreclosure crisis as well as critics who charge his organization's actions are illegal.
The event will occur on Monday, February 16th at the New College Teaching Auditorium/HCL008 (5920 General Dougher Place). It will start at 8:30 pm & end at 10:00 pm. The event is FREE & open to the public, but donations are encouraged to support Take Back the Land.
Max Rameau has been active in Miami for many years, struggling for various social justice causes in the poor, mostly person of color area of the city. He is heavily involved with the Center for Pan-African Development, Take Back the Land, and Miami Cop Watch. Rameau is a published author, whose work Take Back the Land: Land, Gentrification, and the Umoja Village Shantytown was released last year by Nia Press. In recent months, he has been an invited guest on CNN, Fox News, Democracy Now! and other major media outlets. Rameau and Take Back the Land have been featured in major news publications for their efforts in placing people into foreclosed properties who do not otherwise have housing available to them in Miami.
During this event, Rameau will situate the current struggle in Miami in a greater national & historical context, as well as relating it to the situation in our local area. There will be a Q & A session , and he will be available after the event for a book signing. Again, this event is free & open to the public thanks to funding secured by the hosting student group, the New College Radical Alliance.
Further information on Take Back the Land can be found here: http://takebacktheland.org
For more information on the event, call: 487-4499