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 Poor’s Homeless Union History Project that facilitates and supports poor and homeless organizing nationally which includes the organization of Homeless Unions. She is on the Steering Committee of Put People First – PA, a grass-roots, base building organization that is building independent political power of the poor and dispossessed in PA through the struggle for healthcare as a human right. She is a member of the Kairos Center’s Education Committee and the New Jersey Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Past Classes with Kristin Nicely-Colangelo

May 21, 2020 @ 8:00 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.
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March 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am

The Poor Organizing the Poor: Lessons from the National Union of the Homeless

The course will cover the context for the rise of the National Union of the Homeless, the history of the movement, lessons from its successes and failures, and the organizing approach it helped to define
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Tompkins Square
October 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Lessons from the National Union of the Homeless

This one-day course is an introduction to the National Union of the Homeless (NUH) - an organization led by homeless individuals and families which was active from the mid-80’s to the early 90’s, and came to include some of the key leaders of the Tompkins Square Park encampment.
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