This is a petition to the Derveas Institute to cancel the Trademarks on "Urban Homestead" and "Urban Homesteading" in good faith from the urban homestead community. Noting that Urban Homesteading was addressed in the 1976 Article on the Integral House and an article in 1980 by Mother Earth News, the group has laid false claims on the rights to the term and their actions are noted as hostile to the spirit of the community.
Boycotts on their digital properties and physical goods will commence until the trademarks are legally cancelled by the Corporation.
P.S. Feel free to copy the letter below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to bypass the log in.
P.S.S. Please go and support the comapnies that were harmed in this fiasco. Visit the Take Back Urban Homesteading page on FB for details.
- Jules Dervaes
I am writing to ask that you cancel the Trademarks on "Urban Homestead" and "Urban Homesteading" in good faith from the urban homestead community.
The Urban Homesteading movement was addressed in two articles by Mother Earth News, a 1976 Article on the Integral Home (1) and a 1980 Article on Modern Homesteading (2) which both pre-date the 2002 date of first use as claimed on your trademark filing. As such, I believe that your group has laid false claims on the rights to the term. Your actions go against the spirit that makes up the Urban Homesteading community.
Furthermore, I will be boycotting your digital properties and physical goods until your corporation legally cancels the trademark registrations.
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