‘As we struggle against sectarianism in housing provision in Belfast, what can we learn from other activists and campaigns across the globe?’
This website is a resource for activists.
In 2016 this question sent two Irish housing activists on a journey across the world. We began in ‘post conflict’ Belfast, with PPR, organising homeless families in a toxic political atmosphere where unaddressed religious inequality continues to fuel power and conflict. We travelled to Capetown, Durban, Johannesburg, New York, New Jersey and Boston. As Obama was replaced by Trump, President Zuma of South Africa faced hundreds counts of corruption and Brexit laid bare the democratic deficit at the heart of the British-Irish Peace process, we were privileged to meet with inspiring people, families, activists and organisations and to realise that we were all wrestling with different versions of the same problems.
This website has been produced to introduce you to some of the lessons for action we learned along the way: principles, tactics, strategies and structures developed by amazing people to change their unequal societies.
We have harvested ideas from Saul Alinsky, Marshall Ganz, Inez McCormack, Zacchi Ahmed, Hopolang Selebalo, Ms Romey, Angie Mc Manus, Frank Mc Millan, Mahmoud, Winston, Larry Gordon, Concepcion, Franz Fanon, Nigel Gibson, Gavin Silber, Elinor Mulligan, Pedro, Steve, Andreas, Charnelle Camondo, Auntie Brenda, Phumeza Mlungwana, Charlene Caruthers, Dustin Kramar, Myrtl, Cindy, Nikosikhon Swartbooi (Face), Sarita Pilay, Disha Govender, Maxine Bezuidenhout, Ntombi, Mam’ Q, Madeline, Biggy, Boaz, Noam Chomsky, Vida Urbana, National Domestic Worker Alliance, Witness, Ndifuna Ukwazi, East Brooklyn Congregations, S.A.D.S.A.W.U, Jersey City Together, NASHO, Manhattan Together, AIDC, BUILD, Reclaim the City, Damayan, Langa Town Ship, Carroll Gardens Association, Kayelitsha Town Ship, We Won’t Wait, Stellenbosch University, Adhikaar, Equal Education, Breaking Ground, Social Justice Coalition, Treatment Action Campaign, Equal Education Law Centre, Cissie Gool House, Industrial Areas Foundation, Nehemiah Housing, Martin Dunn-Dunn Developments, Tim Cunningham, Building a Catalan Republic, Workers United, and many more – each making their own contribution to a world built on equality.
We invite you to sample what we have learned and share your ideas to build a better future.