Rosario, Argentina–So what ever became of Occupy Rosario and our struggle for affordable homes for everyone from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina? Subsequent to the publication of our article by Occupied Stories on May 29th 2012, the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez-Kirchner openly acknowledged on June 12th of 2012 that the nation was facing one of its worse national housing crisis ever. The cat was out of the bag and it went global!
In quick response, the Argentine government passed a housing law program (Procrear) to provide low cost financing to anyone who owned land or wanted to purchase a new home but was not able to afford financing through banks or conventional lenders. Everyone is eligible for the program, all an individual needs is proof of a stable job regardless of the wage. Funds for the program are made available through the national social security monies. In an essence our own wage deductions are used to help finance low cost mortgages to the working class and poor. Therefore, the banks and conventional lenders are completely cut out of the picture, preventing a home mortgage crisis similar to the one in United States.
Our camp was comprised of a handful of families, almost all of who were jobless and homeless. Nevertheless, our tireless passion for justice could not be quailed or shaken, after enduring countless of attempts by the City Mayor Monica Fein of the Socialist Party to tear down our Occupy Rosario camp, we defied the odds, earned the respect of many and stood our ground firmly during 126 days. Following our occupation and media attention we decided to take our struggle before the city council. We were determined to be the voice for those who did not have a voice.
Today, many of us who were homeless have obtained viable employment and a place to call home. As for myself, I continue to keep the story of Occupy Rosario alive by participating in nonpartisan protests as well as, by sharing our remarkable camp’s story in different disadvantage neighborhoods throughout Rosario.
We believe that everyone is Occupy; therefore, this victory belongs to everyone. We realized that without the support of vendors who donated food, groups and individuals who stood by us during evictions attempts our camp would have not survived as long as we did.
Our next endeavor is occupying the airwaves!! Stay tuned.
Camp organizer and facilitator
For more information on Occupy Rosario visit www.ocuparosario.org