Houston: Tenants Speak Out and Organize Against Uninhabitable Conditions

By Helen Milne Tenants at Sungregor Apartments, a residential complex in southeast Houston, are facing rent hikes while living in dangerous and uninhabitable conditions, spurring them to action in recent weeks in order to force property owners to answer their grievances. Units at the complex are infested with rats and cockroaches, multiple units have been flooded with sewage, mold permeates the ceilings and walls, and … Continue reading Houston: Tenants Speak Out and Organize Against Uninhabitable Conditions

Austin: Tenants and Activists Halt Evictions at Rosemont Apartments

By Joan Hoch and Michael Nolan Tenants at the Rosemont at Oak Valley apartment complex have been struggling against their landlord after 87 eviction notices were distributed to residents on July 2, blaming damage from the Texas winter storm in February for the conditions. After hours of testimony from tenants that the poor conditions were long-standing and not due to the winter storm, a judge … Continue reading Austin: Tenants and Activists Halt Evictions at Rosemont Apartments

Austin: Housing Activists Return to City Manager’s Home for Second Protest

By Michael Nolan On the evening of Monday, June 28, tenants and members of the housing struggle organization United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) carried out a demonstration outside the residence of Austin city manager Spencer Cronk, demanding stable housing for the working class and poor throughout the ongoing economic crisis. The protest came 18 days after a day of action in which the group confronted … Continue reading Austin: Housing Activists Return to City Manager’s Home for Second Protest

Opinion: What Caused the Collapse of Champlain Towers South in Florida?

Photo: Still from security camera footage shows moment Champlain Towers collapsed. By Jakob Stein In the early hours of June 24, Champlain Towers South, a 12-story beachfront condominium building in Surfside, Florida, experienced a partial collapse which, at the time of publication, has left 18 people dead and another 145 still unaccounted for. While authorities have launched numerous investigations into the cause of the building … Continue reading Opinion: What Caused the Collapse of Champlain Towers South in Florida?

Austin: Housing Activists Confront City Manager Over Failed Rent Relief

By Michael Nolan On June 10, members of the housing struggle organization United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) and tenants confronted Austin city manager Spencer Cronk outside of City Hall as the city council meeting concluded. The activists denounced Cronk for the city’s improperly managed rent relief programs that have failed to help tenants facing the continued threat of eviction resulting from the ongoing capitalist economic … Continue reading Austin: Housing Activists Confront City Manager Over Failed Rent Relief

Austin: Activists Begin Tent Occupation at City Hall in Protest of Homeless Camping Ban

By Josefina Morales On May 3, activists and homeless protesters established a tent occupation on the plaza in front of Austin City Hall in protest of the electoral passage of Proposition B, which reinstated a previous ban on public camping in Travis County. The reinstatement of the camping ban will place further hardship on the homeless in Austin area, who are already criminalized under capitalist … Continue reading Austin: Activists Begin Tent Occupation at City Hall in Protest of Homeless Camping Ban

Kansas City: Homeless Camps Face Repression, Homeless Union Force Concessions from City

By Nélida Tello Kansas City Homeless Union (KCHU) leadership and city officials came to tentative agreements after a two-month homeless occupation outside of city hall and community mobilizations to defend the encampment. Despite the negotiation between the two parties, homeless camps in other parts of the city continue to face police repression. City officials attempted to evict the city hall camp twice before meeting with … Continue reading Kansas City: Homeless Camps Face Repression, Homeless Union Force Concessions from City

Houston: Tenants without Running Water since Winter Storm Go on Rent Strike

By Helen Milne The tenants of Villas de Padeo, with the support of the Houston Tenants Union, have initiated a rent strike after going nearly a month without running water. During the crisis of capitalist mismanagement of the winter storm in February, the tenants went without electricity for six days and have not had water after many of the pipes in the complex burst and … Continue reading Houston: Tenants without Running Water since Winter Storm Go on Rent Strike

Los Angeles: Tenants Protest at Courthouse Against Retaliatory Lawsuit

By Serran Soledad The East Hollywood chapter of the Los Angeles Tenants Union (LATU) led a protest in front of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse Thursday morning, mobilizing tenants and activists in support of the N. Madison Tenants Association (NMTA), who were in court facing a retaliatory lawsuit from their landlord Aaron Marzwell. Marzwell filed an emergency restraining order following months of NMTA organizing against poor … Continue reading Los Angeles: Tenants Protest at Courthouse Against Retaliatory Lawsuit

Letter to the Editors: The Best We Can Do is Not Enough

Photo: An abandoned homeless camp in Austin during the February winter storm Letter from a reader of Tribune of the People: I was a member of an organization that housed every unsheltered person in San Marcos during the winter storm that shut down Texas for a week. We had contacts with the community of unsheltered people in San Marcos that let us find everyone who … Continue reading Letter to the Editors: The Best We Can Do is Not Enough