"Revolutions are fought to get control of land, to remove the absentee landlord, and gain control of the land and the institutions that flow from the land." --- Malcolm X
We all have a Human Right to Housing
The right to housing guarantees the right to live in security, peace and dignity. This right must be open to all persons regardless of income or access to economic resources. The right to housing should not be narrowly defined or restricted to being viewed as a commodity wholly dependent on market forces. Instead, housing should be viewed as a fundamental resource indispensable to ensuring human development and community participation.
The Crystal House initiative recognizes the shuffling and uprooting of our folks as a way to keep us moving from one spot to another in order to keep us historically segregated, exploited and divided from one another. The folks who come thru Crystal House have been targets and survivors of state and institutional violence as well as personal violence within their homes and neighborhoods.
Crystal House strives to be a place to learn new dynamics of power through self determination in order to transform oppressive power dynamics among individuals and communities at large; not merely mirroring the dominant mainstream ways of living. Transforming oppressive power dynamics among individuals and communities’ at large means reassessing our everyday actions while connecting them to structural systems of oppression; creating spaces to heal, challenging the silencing and domination of individuals/communities, making/supporting space for queer, youth, trans, and women leadership.
Crystal House is a social investment for headz navigating the daily structural and systemic bullshit and are at a crossroads developing /continuing their journey. The initiative recognizes housing as a Human Right.
We co-create a transitional low cost living space dedicated to supporting growth and leadership. Crystal House is a place to identify, understand and transform colonization and aims to provide a liberated space for praxis (action, theory and reflection) and holistic healing. By design the initiative opens the door for folks to maintain a liberated and sustainable living space in order to sharpen skills needed to transform oppressive power dynamics and environments.
Community Control of Land Use and Development