Property of ... whom? Everyone’s Books hosts author of ‘Nine-Tenths of the Law’

Thursday November 15, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Hannah Dobbz presents her new book "Nine-Tenths of the Law: Property and Resistance in the United States" on Friday at 6 p.m., at Everyone’s Books, 25 Elliot St.

How does "property" fit into designs for an equitable society? "Nine-tenths of the Law" examines the history of squatting and property struggles in the United States, from colonialism to 20th century urban squatting and the recent foreclosure crisis, and how such resistance movements shape the law. Stories from our most hard-hit American cities show that property is in crisis:

* One in five homes in Buffalo, N.Y., are abandoned.

* Our national housing vacancy rate is 14 percent. If we gave a house to every homeless person in the United States two-thirds of that stock would remain empty.

* In May 2011, one in every 103 homes in Nevada was in foreclosure.

"Nine-tenths of the Law" expands readers’ understanding of property law and highlights recent tactics like creative squatting ventures and the use of adverse possession to claim title to vacant homes. Dobbz unveils the tangled relationship Americans have had in creating and sustaining healthy communities.

This event is free. For more information, call 802-254-8160 or e-mail


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