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

Los Angeles: Tenants, Activists Halt Illegal Eviction of Mariachi

By Felipe Vera This Monday, Defend Boyle Heights (DBH) led an action with the support of members from the Los Angeles Tenants Union to defend a mariachi, Naty, from an attempted eviction at the motel where he and his family live in the working class community of South Gate. The previous week, Naty was served a three-day notice to pay or vacate by his slumlord … Continue reading Los Angeles: Tenants, Activists Halt Illegal Eviction of Mariachi

Los Angeles: Tenants Union and Activists Stop Illegal Evictions

Photo: Community support shows up for a second time on June 4 to defend elderly tenants under threat of eviction near Silver Lake. By Felipe Vera In the past two weeks, Los Angeles communities have resisted numerous attempts at illegal evictions by local landlords, many led by the Los Angeles Tenants Union (LATU) as part of their anti-eviction campaign. The current economic and health crises … Continue reading Los Angeles: Tenants Union and Activists Stop Illegal Evictions

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: Slumlord Destroys Wheelchair Ramp, Intimidates Tenants

By Jakob Stein Last week tenants and their supporters at Springdale Gardens apartment complex built a wheelchair ramp for a disabled resident, whom the property owners had failed to accommodate for years, only to find that it was completely destroyed by management the following day. After the demolition of the ramp, tenants reported attempts at intimidation from property management, as they went door-to-door unannounced, threatening … Continue reading Austin: Slumlord Destroys Wheelchair Ramp, Intimidates Tenants

Oxnard: Tenants and Activists Protest Slumlord at Office

By Nico Sanchez Local tenants and activists from Oxnard Revolutionary Study Group held a protest at the offices of slumlord Danny Belitski on Tuesday, in response to his poor treatment of tenants and threats of eviction. Protesters chanted, “No more leaks, no more cracks – give us our deposit back!” to denounce the slumlord’s refusal to return a $3,400 deposit to a local elementary school … Continue reading Oxnard: Tenants and Activists Protest Slumlord at Office

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

Defend Our Hoodz: The City’s “RENT Assistance” is Landlord Assistance

Editor’s Note: the following is a political cartoon and statement from housing struggle organization Defend Our Hoodz. By Defend Our Hoodz – Defiende El Barrio – Austin The City of Austin rolled out a lottery program this week called RENT assistance, that they’ve presented as aid to tenants. We see through this program as nothing more than a bailout for landlords. Not only was the … Continue reading Defend Our Hoodz: The City’s “RENT Assistance” is Landlord Assistance