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George Lucas Uses Jedi Powers (and Tons of His Own Cash) to Build Affordable Housing in His Ultra-Wealthy Community

The Star Wars creator pledges $200 million for low-cost housing in the middle of one of America’s richest zip-codes

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George Lucas may have handed the reins of the Star Wars universe over to JJ Abrams and the Disney corporation, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his Jedi edge.

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Russell Brand Organizes “Sleepover Protest” to Stop Home Evictions

He says the evictions are part of a “social cleansing” of London.

Russell Brand at Sweets Way. Image via the Sweets Way Resists Facebook page.

Russell Brand, celebrity prosthelytizer and YouTube revolutionary, helped stage a “sleepover” protest Tuesday night in support of residents who were evicted from their south London homes to make way for a new housing developement. Residents of the embattled property stationed themselves for an all-night occupation of one of the houses—kids frolicked in the playroom, food and ice cream trucks kept protesters well fed, and adults and children alike indulged themselves in rounds of karaoke. The protest/party was part of a campaign, called Sweets Way Resists, to save the homes of 60 residents who are currently still on the property.

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Australia’s Anti-Gentrification Aboriginal Tent Embassy Perseveres

Redfern’s indigenous community is fighting for housing rights.

The original Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra is repainted in support of the Redfern encampment. Photo by Flickr user The Feral Arts.

Residents of Redfern, an impoverished inner-city suburb in Sydney, Australia, are fighting against gentrification with an Aboriginal tent embassy situated on The Block, a piece of land allocated to Australia’s indigenous people in 1973. The tent embassy, founded by 59-year old indigenous woman Jenny Munro, was established last May in an effort to block the $70 million retail and student housing developement plans of the Aboriginal Housing Company.

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