Savina Martin is a lifelong activist and organizer from Massachusetts. She is an Army Veteran, and over the years has mobilized and organized around the war on drugs affecting homeless men, women and veterans in Boston and San Diego, CA. In 1993, she helped to coordinate resources to refurbish an abandoned “Takeover” home, which today continues to provide as a refuge for homeless women recovering from addiction. As president of the Boston Chapter, during the mid-1980’s she helped to lead direct action efforts during the Unions Housing Takeover Campaign. She is a Poverty Scholar, and busy pursuing a doctoral degree in developmental Psychology. She is currently a member of the University of the Poor’s Homeless Union History Project and the Eastern Chair of the Massachusetts Poor People Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Past Classes with Savina Martin

March 31 @ 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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