San Antonio: Mobile Home Residents Protest Landlord and Private Eviction Company Terror

By David Martinez On September 28, residents of Jasper Mobile Home Park in Northeast San Antonio and their supporters rallied outside of the office of Bexar County Eviction Services (BCES) to protest Helen Klonek, the owner of BCES, who has collaborated with the management of the mobile home park to intimidate residents into leaving through the use of bogus eviction notices and other threatening tactics. … Continue reading San Antonio: Mobile Home Residents Protest Landlord and Private Eviction Company Terror

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 Rallies Valmar Gardens Tenants Demanding Answers

By Peter Cherry On August 21, a small group of tenants from Valmar Gardens in Penn Hills, a working class suburb of Pittsburgh, as well as other tenants who have been organizing under the United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM), gathered to protest attempts to evict them outside the Penn Hills Municipal Building. Valmar Gardens is a four-building apartment complex which has changed ownership several times … Continue reading Pittsburgh: UNDM Rallies Valmar Gardens Tenants Demanding Answers

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

Richmond: Protest Against Evictions Clashes with Police, Smashes Courthouse Window

By David Martinez A protest against evictions in Richmond, Virginia on July 1 turned combative when police brutally arrested protesters and pepper sprayed the crowd. The clashes culminated in the breaking of a front window at the courthouse. The action began earlier in the day, called to protest the lifting of Virginia’s eviction moratorium which expired on June 28. Richmond is known for having the … Continue reading Richmond: Protest Against Evictions Clashes with Police, Smashes Courthouse Window

Pittsburgh: AHRCO Tenants, Activists Speak Out against Slum Conditions, Harassment

By Blake Garrison On July 2, tenants of Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation (AHRCO) and activists with the United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) rallied outside the corporation’s office to demand an end to slum conditions, rent collection, and eviction, as well as the firing of AHRCO slumlord Laquaya Maxwell and to publicize the case of Dominique, a wheelchair-bound AHRCO tenant with no ramp to her apartment. … Continue reading Pittsburgh: AHRCO Tenants, Activists Speak Out against Slum Conditions, Harassment

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

Opinion: Austin to Let Landlords Loose on Tenants in Eviction Frenzy

By Edwin Pierce Texas state and local government have always cared for landowners, private businesses, and the rich, while neglecting and even brutalizing the poor and working class. Since the lockdown of the Texas economy due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state has shown only meager compassion to the masses who are most vulnerable to the crisis – which the national U.S. government failed to … Continue reading Opinion: Austin to Let Landlords Loose on Tenants in Eviction Frenzy

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