When she was unable to pay the mortgage on her house in Lanzarote, Christina was forced to occupy another, where she was beaten in front of her daughter by police who threatened her with jail. But she stayed on, and helped to form a local group that’s part of growing movement in Spain against eviction and foreclosure. It’s called the “Plataforma de Afectador por la Hípoteca” or PAH.
Strongly connected to other movements like 15M, PAH is a movement that exemplifies a different, non-hierarchical way of organizing for social change. It’s helping thousands of people, not just to defend their housing rights together, but to transform the way they feel about themselves.