The housing crisis is deepening and expanding, as many of us are experiencing firsthand. The struggle to dwell — housing struggle — has existed in so-called Australia since 1788. Our collective fight for dwelling justice must be in solidarity with the fact of First Nations sovereignty. This event foregrounds the relationship between ongoing colonial dispossession, housing injustice, incarceration, racial violence and poverty, and to build solidarity among movements.
The Forum for Dwelling Justice brings together grassroots individuals, groups and activist-scholars to identify the radical potential for resistance to dispossession, displacement and precarity in our campaign work. Come to listen and learn from critical conversations on how abolitionism, resistance to state violence and anti-racism intersect with housing struggle and sovereignty.
After a brief intermission part two of the Forum concludes with two film screenings, a ‘sneak peak’ of the Bendigo ST documentary, a story of how one street in Collingwood made a demand for dwelling justice, and a full length feature of Things Will Be Different, an intimate tale of displacement and urban renewal in Northcote.
1pm — 4pm
Individual speakers and two facilitated panels that platform critical conversations on sovereignty as an elemental fact in dwelling struggles, and the carceral logics that drive contemporary dispossession and displacement.
4pm — 5.30pm
5.30pm — 7.30pm
Individual speakers, a facilitated panel and two documentary film screenings that story peer-led dwelling justice projects in the colony.
The Capitol is fully wheelchair accessible and within close proximity to fully accessible public transport. Organisers encourage social distancing where possible, and whilst this event fully complies with mandated COVID protocols, we recognise that social distancing may not be possible. To ensure the safe participation of all, please bring and wear your own face mask. Face masks will also be provided at the venue. If you are not fully vaccinated, please reconsider your attendance in person.
For those wishing to be involved, but are unable to attend in person, a link to a live stream will be posted to this website the day before the event. This live stream will have closed captioning capability and a video recording will remain on this website in perpetuity. The event will also be produced as a podcast series on 3CR and as a visual summary or zine.
26 August 2022