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May 21, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Takeover: Film Screening and Q&A with the National Union of the Homeless

On May 1st, 1990, homeless people led a simultaneous takeover of empty government (HUD) houses in cities across the United States. Skylight Pictures followed the takeovers with 12 crews in the eight cities, documenting the secret planning, the illegal occupations, and the hopeful aftermath of this bold endeavor. An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, broadcast on PBS on the P.O.V. series. Released theatrically at The Film Forum (New York City).

Free Speech TV is commemorating the 30th Anniversary of these extraordinary events with a virtual screening and panel discussion with some of the people involved then, and organizers of today’s National Union of the Homeless.



  • Peter Kinoy
    Peter Kinoy is a New York based documentary editor and co-founder of Skylight, a human rights media organization.  His films WHEN THE MOUNTAINS TREMBLE, GRANITO, 500 YEARS and many more have played Sundance, NY Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival and national PBS.  In the 1990s his documentaries about poor people … Read More ›
  • Kristin Nicely-Colangelo
    Kristin Colangelo is a formally homeless mother of three. She has organized poor and homeless families for the past 20 years. She is the Membership Director, the National Secretary and one of the regional organizers of the National Union of the Homeless. She is the coordinator of the University of the … Read More ›
  • Anthony Prince
    Anthony Prince is the General Counsel for the California Homeless Union/Statewide Organizing Council, an attorney in the state of California and the Co-Chair of the California Poor People’s Campaign. He was a founding and leading member of the National Union of the Homeless and its Chicago/Gary Indiana local chapter in … Read More ›
  • Alicia Kuhl
    Alicia Kuhl is the President of the Santa Cruz Homeless Union. She lives in her RV with her three children and works full time, although she is currently not working due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alicia was, alongside Deseire … Read More ›


May 21, 2020
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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