Because everyone should have a right to housing and survival. Because we, the people of Denver, need to fight for this together. The purpose of this event is to educate, ignite, and organize the people of Denver around the fight for the right to housing and survival. It is to present active 2019 initiatives and work for attainable housing and human rights lead by communities in Denver metro to current and future elected officials, and to Denver voters to effect real change.
Right now the average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Denver is $1,419 a month. An full time minimum wage worker makes $1,316 a month before taxes. The math doesn’t add up. Thousands of Denver residents find themselves homeless.
The Colorado Constitution Bill of Rights states “All persons have certain natural, essential and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.” Is this right protected in Colorado when full time workers can’t afford to live in a home and are criminalized for sleeping in public??
As long as Denver continues to treat housing as a commodity for those with wealth and not a right of all people, we will continue to live in a Denver where people work three jobs just to pay for housing and where people are forced to live on the streets and criminalized for doing so. We have no choice but to come together and fight for the right to housing and survival.
Values: (from Homes For All)
❖ Community and Housing are a human right, not a commodity to be exploited for
❖ Land and housing should be collectively owned and controlled by communities
❖ Land and housing should be developed in a way that is sustainable for the planet
❖ Land and housing should be accessible, permanent, quality, and connected to
economic, social and cultural networks and institutions.
❖ Grassroots groups and directly impacted people should be at the forefront
❖ New community resources should not come at the expense of the people living there
❖ Community solidarity- understanding that our individual struggles are all of our
❖ Land and housing should be accessible to transit, grocery stores, healthcare,
education, jobs etc.