Hello beloved community, 

It’s me again. Thanks to the generosity of my friends, family, and even people I’ve never met, I have been able to raise $460 for my participation in the Tamarindo Half Marathon benefiting Housing Works. I am turning 22 this weekend (#virgo) and what better way to celebrate than to support this important cause?

What exactly does the money I raise do? For one, it will support fierce advocacy to end both homelessness and AIDS, like the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) that will legally protect transgender and gender non-conforming people in  housing, jobs, and public accommodations in New York and the passage of New York State legislation that would cap the rents of approximately 10,000 poor New Yorkers with AIDS who receive housing subsidies from New York City.  

In addition, the money I raise will fund life-saving services such as housingmedical and dental carelegal servicesjob trainingmental health services, and care management

Please say happy birthday to me in the form of a tax-deductible donation to Housing Works, and together we will have an AIDS-free New York by 2020

Love, 

Gerardo (moderator of queermenofcolorinlove)

DONATE HERE: http://fundraising.housingworks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=1703 

Squatting is also an intervention in urban development and renewal, i.e. urban and housing politics and spatial adjustment, which is reinterpreted and shifted. Squatting often involves attempts to practice non-hierarchical and participatory organizational models. Squatted social centers offer an alternative mode of activities such as critical and radical political meetings and counter-cultural events outside of, and in antagonism with, commercial circuits. Social center activists and squatters are thus often engaged in broader protest campaigns and social movements, fighting against precariousness, urban speculation, racism, neo-fascism, state repression, militarization, war, locally unwanted land use, privatization of education/university reforms.
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Miguel Martínez, Gianni Piazza and Hans Pruijt 'Introduction'

to ‘Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Stuggles’ by Squatting Europe Kollective

Is there a list anywhere out there where you can mark which things you plan to do in terms of housing, marriage, or parenting? Like for example, I plan to not circumcise any penis-owning kids I have, and the default for their education would be homeschooling. Marriage example includes filing jointly but having separate bank accounts as well as a joint one. Housing…*thinks of dream house layout*

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The concept is bizarre, combining a building material from the time of Julius Caesar with a Jetsons aesthetic, but the approach has already worked before.

This newly-revived technique could provide low-cost housing for refugees and displaced people, and generally provide architects with a cost-effective way to explore convex construction.

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Working on the fringes of the law, rebel architects are trying to improve people’s lives in tough areas. From floating homes to disaster-proof houses and bamboo domes, meet the men and women building for their communities.

The structure above is being built in the waterside slum of Makoko, Nigeria. It’s floating school, designed by Kunlé Adeyemi to address the difficulty of building on unstable marshland.

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