As a follow-up to the historic first official UN fact-finding mission to the United States on housing in 2009, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Raquel Rolnik, will return to New York on October 26th, 2012 for a public event at the City University of New York Graduate Center’s Recital Hall @ 365 Fifth Avenue.   The event, co-sponsored by the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center, will take place at 1:00pm EDT and is free and open to the public.

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, Dec 10, 2011, the producers of More Than a Roof are thrilled to be making this film free and available online so that groups can take full advantage of it.  If you prefer a DVD, click here for ordering information.


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More Than a Roof is a grassroots documentary following Raquel Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, on her first official mission to the United States in 2009.  The film highlights the testimonies of individuals directly impacted by the severe housing and economic crises we are facing in cities and towns across the country.  In particular, it both elevates the commonality of these struggles as well as the grassroots communities fighting for a better alternative. Co-producer, the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights (CRNHR), organized a multi-city national “launch” of More Than a Roof throughout the month of October in solidarity with World Habitat Days/World Zero Evictions Days 2011.


The National Economic and Social Rights Inititiative is also pleased to announce that Coming Home: The Dry Storm is now also available online.  Coming Home: The Dry Storm is a moving film that takes an intimate look at one community’s battle against the government’s attack on public housing.  Co-produced by Mayday New Orleans, NESRI, and Rada Film Group, Coming Home, in 2010, won the Jury Prize for Best Film in its home city at the PATOIS New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival, screened at the Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus, and was used across the country by housing organizers to initiate conversations on privatization, human rights, and the importance of public housing across the United States.