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

United Neighborhood Defense Movement Presents Demands to City Government, Property Managers

By Blake Garrison and Jakob Stein The United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) carried out actions in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles this past week demanding, among other protections, an end to evictions for non-payment and the collection of back rent. In Pittsburgh, activists hung a banner reading, “The UNDM Demands: An End to All Evictions for Nonpayment, Government and Corporations Pay Back Rent” in the front … Continue reading United Neighborhood Defense Movement Presents Demands to City Government, Property Managers

Austin: UNDM Demands Government Pay Back Rent at City Hall Action

By Henry Underwood On January 31, members of the United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) held a rally at Austin City Hall to demand the city allocate funds from large corporations and its own budget to forgive all tenant debt, while making landlords themselves compete for the rental assistance lottery it recently introduced. Members carried signs with slogans like “Tenants shouldn’t have to pay for the … Continue reading Austin: UNDM Demands Government Pay Back Rent at City Hall Action

Worker’s Voice: Tenant on rent strike exposes slum conditions in Mckeesport

Tribune of the People interviewed a tenant at the Midtown Plaza Apartments in Mckeesport, PA who is on rent strike due to the economic crisis. He wanted to expose the building’s slum conditions that have put his health at risk, vowing not to compromise in his struggle with property management for compensation. Continue reading Worker’s Voice: Tenant on rent strike exposes slum conditions in Mckeesport

UNDM: Organize, Defend, and Fight Back Against Evictions!

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!

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

Worker’s Voice: Tenant on Rent Strike

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

Austin: 22 Arrested in Rent Strike Protest

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

Austin: Tenants and Activists Hold Anti-Eviction Rally

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

Nearly One Third of Americans Did Not Pay Rent This Month: Revolutionaries Call for Continuing the Rent Strike

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