Eviction Moratoriums and What They Mean for the Housing Struggle

By David Martinez Since the start of the New Depression, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many landlords in the US have stopped collecting rent and evicting people from their homes. This would be unthinkable in times of ‘normal’ capitalist society, which threatens the people with homelessness at the first sign of unpaid rent. Now, with the passing of a federal ban on evictions that affects … Continue reading Eviction Moratoriums and What They Mean for the Housing Struggle

Pittsburgh: UNDM Marches On Landlord’s Home, Confronts Him Over Demands

By Peter Cherry On the morning of July 29, nearly 20 protestors consisting of tenants, activists, and community members organized by United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) marched on the home of slumlord lawyer, James M. Ferguson. Posters with demands were placed on the windshield of Ferguson’s car, stating: “End the harassing of Joshua now! Make all required and necessary repairs! Collect no back rent! Turn … Continue reading Pittsburgh: UNDM Marches On Landlord’s Home, Confronts Him Over Demands

Los Angeles: UNDM Mobilizes Tenants Against Two Eviction Attempts

By Felipe Vera This past week the United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) in Los Angeles organized two actions defending tenants against eviction attempts and landlord harassment. On Tuesday, UNDM supported the Morales family in South Central after they reached out for support against their arrogant and racist property manager Sam Simany. The Morales family has been living in their home since April, but only days … Continue reading Los Angeles: UNDM Mobilizes Tenants Against Two Eviction Attempts

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