People all over the world protest for affordable housing. On Activist Handbook, you can find resources on how to organise yourself effectively.
We have written a chapter on how to build a movement, which you can use to learn how to organise yourself effectively to fight for tenant rights together. Before getting right into it by organising a housing protest, we recommend you to think about your long term strategy. Make sure to prepare yourself for a long run, because it can take a while before politicians finally start to hear you. This is why it is also important that you do not burn out your volunteers.
Most people immediately think of a protest march, when wanting to bring attention to a cause. However, you can also get creative and check out our tactics chapter. You will need to promote your action beforehand. If you do not have a large audience on your movement's social media yet, you use the network of your active volunteers. And remember: your fight against exorbitant rent prices likely does not end after one action. You can use actions to recruit new people, so that you can mobilise more for the next one.
The municipality may sympathise more with landlords, and try to intimidate you with a large police presence. It is good to know, however, that you have certain legal rights as an activist. Even if you get arrested, there are certain things that the police may and may not do to you. We also recommend to find a lawyer with experience defending activists to support your movement.
There are a few different ways to get involved in housing protests. One way is to join an organization that is fighting for housing justice, such as a tenants’ rights organization or a homeless advocacy group. Another way is to attend rallies and demonstrations organized by these groups. Finally, you can also start your own protest or direct action in your community.
The goals of housing protests vary depending on the specific issue being fought for, but they typically involve demanding more affordable and accessible housing, better living conditions for tenants, and an end to discrimination and displacement.
Housing protests typically target landlords, developers, and government officials who are seen as complicit in the housing crisis. In some cases, protests may also target specific properties or businesses, such as luxury apartments or gentrifying businesses.
There is a variety of tactics used in housing protests, depending on the specific goal of the protest. Some common tactics include picketing, sit-ins, blockades, and occupations. In some cases, protests may also involve more direct actions such as property damage or violence.
There are a number of ways to make housing protests more effective. One way is to build coalitions with other groups fighting for related issues, such as workers’ rights or immigrant rights. Another way is to use a variety of tactics, both peaceful and disruptive, to keep the issue in the public eye. Finally, it is also important to make sure that the demands of the protest are clear and achievable.
Housing protests can be risky, especially if they involve direct action tactics such as property damage or violence. Protesters may also be at risk of arrest or police violence. In some cases, protesting can also result in eviction or retaliation from landlords.
Despite the risks, there are also potential benefits to housing protests. Protests can be an effective way to draw attention to the issue and build public support. They can also pressure decision-makers to make changes, such as passing new laws or increasing funding for affordable housing. Additionally, protesting can be a way for people to connect with others who are fighting for similar goals, and to build power and community.
Housing protests can sometimes have negative consequences, such as violence or property damage. Additionally, if protests are not well-organized or do not have clear demands, they may not be effective in achieving their goals. Finally, protesting can also result in eviction or retaliation from landlords.
There are a few ways to make housing protests more inclusive. One way is to make sure that the goals of the protest are clear and that everyone understands how they can contribute. Another way is to provide childcare and transportation assistance to make it easier for people with families or other commitments to participate. Finally, it is also important to reach out to communities that have been traditionally underserved or excluded from the housing justice movement.