United Neighborhood Defense Movement Announces Launch with Statement and National Day of Action

By Mike Talavera On June 30, the United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) launched its website with a post announcing its formation. The national housing struggle organization is starting with chapters in Los Angeles, Austin, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, and San Marcos. “The current crisis of capitalism demands greater unity and preparation,” the post reads. “The housing struggle can not be limited to just one neighborhood, or one … Continue reading United Neighborhood Defense Movement Announces Launch with Statement and National Day of Action

Pittsburgh: Regent Square Tenants Fight Intimidation, Demand Better Conditions

By Peter Cherry Last Saturday, Regent Square Rentals (RSR) tenants with supporters and activists from the community led an action at the leasing office demanding manager and company heiress Kelsey Patterson be fired along with employee Bryan Wise for their harassment of tenants, and that the company meet with tenants to discuss their demands. Peter Patterson, owner of RSR through his company CP Development, acquires … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Regent Square Tenants Fight Intimidation, Demand Better Conditions

Austin: Eviction Courts Reopen During Pandemic

By Sandra Harris On June 1, eviction courts reopened in Austin, Travis County. The Texas Supreme Court allowed the statewide moratorium on evictions expire on May 18. While in Austin laws were passed to stop evictions through late July and to give renters a additional 60-day grace period to pay owed rent, this did not stop the courts from reopening to pick up on backlogged … Continue reading Austin: Eviction Courts Reopen During Pandemic

Austin: Housing Struggle Activists and Community Raise Funds for Wheelchair Ramps

By Ed Dalton Activists with Defend Our Hoodz (DOH), along with the tenants of Springdale Gardens began a fundraising drive to build wheelchair ramps that will provide access to elderly and disabled tenants. The online fundraiser explains, “Tenants at Springdale Gardens have been trapped in their homes for years due to the lack of accessibility for the disabled. Management has been far more concerned with … Continue reading Austin: Housing Struggle Activists and Community Raise Funds for Wheelchair Ramps

Worker’s Voice: A Tenant on the Current Crisis

A tenant in East Austin gives an audio interview about the current economic crisis. On the plans to pay everyone a stipend, she says we have enough in the world to pay everyone for about five or six months and we shouldn’t have to choose between our family and our job. She says we should support the rent strike so we’re all on the same … Continue reading Worker’s Voice: A Tenant on the Current Crisis