Take Back the Land

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Max Rameau and Umoja Village Invade Art Basel

    You can say Max Rameau is a social activist trendsetter. Long before the Occupy Wall Street movement was even an idea, Rameau was leading the charge for the disenfranchised 99 percent with his Take Back The Land organization. Five years ago, Rameau came up with the brilliant idea of organizing dozen ... More >>

  • News

    June 30, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Max Rameau, Activist Behind Umoja Village, Takes His Project To DC

    via Take Back the LandMax Rameau​In 2007, amid the champagne-drenched corporate orgy known as the Super Bowl, a busload of reporters found itself on a very different kind of junket. Rather than locker-rooms full of millionaire fat guys, the journalists tiptoed through cardboard shacks populated by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Two Arrested After Mass Evictions in Liberty City

    The foreclosure crisis hit a fever pitch in Liberty City Tuesday morning, as banks foreclosed on two buildings, causing the eviction of three families.Escorted by several police officers, a bank employee showed up at 820 and 840 NW 70th St. He evicted three families living in the building, which led ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Q&A With Author/Activist Erick Lyle, at Books & Books Tonight and the Firefly Tomorrow

    In the Nineties, Erick Lyle, then known as Iggy Scam, lived an enviable, punk-ethics-fueled life around South Florida that is near impossible to imagine today. He booked shows at a warehouse venue, the Junkyard, at the bottom of South Beach, and at one point squatted an entire floor of the crumbling ... More >>

  • News

    December 4, 2008

    Squatters Fight for Rights

    A homeless mom wants her stuff back.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Channel 10 Squatter Story Sounds Familiar

    Last week, New Times brought you the story of Cassy the squatter, the homeless Haitian mother who moved into a blue, bank-owned foreclosed house in Buena Vista with her young daughter. Her tale included a tribe of activists, a couple broken laws, and a mortgage lender none the wiser.Cassy, whose ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2008


    Don't cry. Just move into one of those empty homes around the corner.

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2008

    Political Protest on Wheels

    Kyle Munzenrieder “Where did all these beautiful people come from?” asked a shoeless man wandering along strumming his guitar for pocket change. Maybe he felt a sense of kinship with the 35 cyclists who had gathered at the corner of Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue for a politically charged, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    Umoja: One Year Later, Still Controversial

    Take Back the Land is hosting a rally today to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the start of six months of successful squatting on public land in Liberty City. The group christened it Umoja Village Shantytown, and claims as many as 150 camped on the corner of 62nd Street and N.W. 17th Avenue th ... More >>