Editor’s Note: We share a statement from the United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) on the predicted mass wave of evictions on the horizon and the need to organize against it. Five months into the economic crisis, millions of workers throughout the United States are facing unemployment, poverty, and evictions. United Neighborhood Defense Movement calls upon tenants all over the country to organize and fight back … Continue reading UNDM: Organize, Defend, and Fight Back Against Evictions!
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
A tenant of Spanish Trails apartments in Austin speaks about why she joined the rent strike: “I live paycheck to paycheck. If I did have a job where I didn’t live paycheck to paycheck, I would still join the rent strike in solidarity.” She shares how the landlords are targeting who they perceive to be the main organizer, but the tenant says that the rent … Continue reading Worker’s Voice: Tenant on Rent Strike
By Ed Dalton On International Workers Day, Austin Police Department (APD) arrested 22 activists and tenants involved with an automobile slow down on Interstate Highway 35, the protest was organized by the progressive organization Rent Strike ATX. A group of 30 cars drove onto 135 at a speed of 5 miles per hour, the vehicles were decorated with signs supporting the citywide rent strike. While … Continue reading Austin: 22 Arrested in Rent Strike Protest
By Ed Dalton Over a dozen Tenants at Springdale Gardens, who have been organizing a rent strike against slum conditions, received notices to vacate in the middle of last week. In response, Defend Our Hoodz (DOH), a housing struggle organization, organized a speak-out protest against management, evictions, and accumulation of rent during the economic shut-down. Although the notices to vacate are not legal, and the … Continue reading Austin: Tenants and Activists Hold Anti-Eviction Rally
By Ed Dalton With millions of workers laid-off, furloughed, or fired, nearly one-third of the people in the US did not pay rent on April’s deadline according to The National Multifamily Housing Council, a twelve point increase over March. May is likely to see even fewer tenants paying their rent, through both an inability to pay and solidarity with those who cannot pay. This is … Continue reading Nearly One Third of Americans Did Not Pay Rent This Month: Revolutionaries Call for Continuing the Rent Strike
Featured Image: Sealed Rent Drop Box in Southeast Austin By Ed Dalton As April begins, a surging number of workers in Austin will not be able to pay their rent. With the number of people recently laid off growing daily, the anti-eviction ordinance pushed by Austin City Council proves to be little more than an attempt at appeasement. With Travis County Justice of the Peace … Continue reading Austin: The Rent Strike