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+ Click to expand | Poor People's Economic Rights Campaign | Visit Web site
(PPEHRC) is building a movement that unites the poor across color lines. Poverty afflicts Americans of all colors. Daily more and more of us are downsized and impoverished. We share a common interest in uniting against the prevailing conditions and around our vision of a society where we all have the right to health care, housing, living wage jobs, and access to quality primary, secondary, and higher education.
+ Click to expand | USA-Canada Alliance of Inhabitants | Visit Web site
(USACAI) is a network of groups and organizations working to claim the universal right to land and housing in the USA and Canada as part of the global effort led by the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI). Most member groups are associations of people directly affected by threats to the right to safe, affordable housing, although others, including professional advocacy organizations, are encouraged to join as strategic partners.
+ Click to expand | The Assembly to End Poverty
is a national-wide U.S. organization forming out of the poverty resolution created at the 2010 United States Social Forum (USSF) in Detroit and comprised of leaders from poverty groups across the nation. On June 22, 2010 more than 350 committed people gathered in the early morning at the USSF Poverty Summit to vision a U.S. without poverty and to begin to plan the steps to create that world. Web site to be announced.


The following videos are productions of Skylight Pictures, they can be ordered through their website at They are films told from the perspective of those in poverty and their work to END poverty.

  • Takeover
    This movie gives background of the Homeless Union, the founding organization of PPEHRC. Shows what a "takeover" is and explains why they are necessary.
  • Poverty Outlaw
    Set against deindustrialized Philadelphia, is a good resource to help people understand the structural nature of poverty. Gives good examples of how and why conventional "social services" can become the reluctant enemy of the poor. Shows political education as integral to movement. And more...
  • Outriders
    This video give good background on PPEHRC's: the "New Freedom" bus ride across the country. A visionary, moving and inspiring journey of class unity portrayed with the images of union workers on strike and people living in poverty and working in solidarity. Other key moments in the film: a homeless person claims an identity as a human being and sees the significance and power of political action.
  • Battle for Broad
    This video is about the first huge march at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and shows the intelligence and depth and discipline of the organizing "on the ground."
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