Picturing the Homeless, Building International Solidarities
Rob Robinson and Erin McElroy
Keywords: Homelessness, international solidarity, New York City, organizing, policing
In this conversation, Rob Robinson shares reflections based upon decades of organizing and community building with tenants and homeless residents in New York City, as well as transnationally with groups based in Hungary, Brazil, Miami, Spain, and beyond. While Rob shares insights from his own experience being unhoused, he focuses upon ongoing work that he has been a part of since then with groups such as Picture the Homeless that have organized against the criminalization of homelessness. By discussing campaigns and actions that he has been a part of, Rob shares organizing tactics and theorizes the importance of civil disobedience and international solidarity. He also reflects upon the importance of learning and education, both regarding his work as a teacher but also as a lifelong student.