A fighting time and a dreaming time:

Struggle for right to remain in LA

Martha Escudero of the Reclaim our Homes in conversation with Ana Vilenica

Published in Issue 5.1 // Conversation Series

Keywords: Housing precarity, evictions, CLT, occupations, Los Angeles


In this conversation, Martha Escudero from the Reclaim our Homes is in dialogue with Ana Vilenica, sharing her experience of living in extreme housing precarity and her knowledge of tactics for occupying homes in LA, organizing against evictions and creating a community land trust. We also discussed the importance of learning from Indigenous movements across borders, and how they can inspire us to build different ways of organizing in our local communities.


Reclaim Our Homes is a movement that believes that no one should be homeless when homes are empty. Housing is a Human Right. We have an abundance of homes and resources for all. We all deserve to be in our community. Everyone deserves safety and homes.

Ana Vilenica is a feminist, no-border, and urban activist and organizer from Serbia, currently residing in Italy. She is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the ERC project ‘Inhabiting Radical Housing’ at the Polytechnic of Turin’s Inter-university Department of Regional & Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) and a core member of Beyond Inhabitation Lab. Ana is a member of the Radical Housing Journal Editorial collective and the Feminist Autonomous Centre for research (FAC research).

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