Austin: Tenants at Tempo Apartments Resist Evictions Blamed on Winter Storm

By Una Flynn In response to eviction notices left on their doors last week, the tenants at the Tempo at Riverside apartments in Southeast Austin, along with the support of United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM), mobilized to challenge the eviction notices and force concessions from management with an organized action. The management blamed the necessity of the evictions on the February winter storm, which tenants … Continue reading Austin: Tenants at Tempo Apartments Resist Evictions Blamed on Winter Storm

Opinion: Botched Distribution of Relief Funds Leaves Renters to Drown in Debt as Evictions Loom

By Sandra Harris Billions of dollars of the “rent relief” authorized by the federal government have gone unused in the last year due to a mismanaged patchwork of state and local agencies tasked with distributing funds. These funds have often not been spent due to burdensome application requirements placed on tenants forced to navigate an overwhelming bureaucracy to ensure payment to their landlords. Last month, … Continue reading Opinion: Botched Distribution of Relief Funds Leaves Renters to Drown in Debt as Evictions Loom

Austin: Tenants Living in Squalor since Winter Storm Fight for Demands

By Josefina Morales Tenants of Mount Carmel Apartments in East Austin have started to organize against inhumane living conditions and voice demands to the management and ownership of the complex, which is one of several apartment complexes in the area facing persisting disruptions in utilities since the capitalist crisis following the extreme winter storm last month. Tenants have been without heat, hot water, and the … Continue reading Austin: Tenants Living in Squalor since Winter Storm Fight for Demands

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

Los Angeles: Tenants Protest at Courthouse Against Retaliatory Lawsuit

By Serran Soledad The East Hollywood chapter of the Los Angeles Tenants Union (LATU) led a protest in front of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse Thursday morning, mobilizing tenants and activists in support of the N. Madison Tenants Association (NMTA), who were in court facing a retaliatory lawsuit from their landlord Aaron Marzwell. Marzwell filed an emergency restraining order following months of NMTA organizing against poor … Continue reading Los Angeles: Tenants Protest at Courthouse Against Retaliatory Lawsuit

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

Video: After Apartment Fire, Austin Tenants Say Management Ignored Repairs for Months

On January 28, 29 people were displaced due to a fire at the Longspur Crossing Apartments in North Austin. Tribune spoke to several tenants who said that management had been ignoring maintenance requests for a long time, raising suspicions that the fire could have been caused by the neglected infrastructure. The displaced tenants had been moved to temporary housing at an unknown location but are expected to … Continue reading Video: After Apartment Fire, Austin Tenants Say Management Ignored Repairs for Months

Kansas City: Tenants Block Courthouse As Eviction Cases Reopen

By Brian Martel On Thursday, the housing struggle organization Kansas City (KC) Tenants successfully blocked both entrances to the Jackson County Courthouse, stopping anyone from entering or exiting the building. The blockade was organized in response to the end of the eviction moratorium on January 24, which was extended by the 16th Circuit Court Presiding Judge Dale Youngs after KC Tenants protested outside of his … Continue reading Kansas City: Tenants Block Courthouse As Eviction Cases Reopen

Kansas City: Evictions Suspended After Protest at Judge’s Home in Response to Deputy Shooting Tenant

By Brian Martel On January 8, Donald Eric Smith was shot by Civil Process deputies enforcing an eviction on behalf of Smith’s landlord, Kelly Gallegos. That night, the housing struggle organization KC Tenants held an action outside of presiding 16th Circuit Court judge J. Dale Youngs’s home. Soon after, in response to the organized resistance, Youngs ordered evictions to be suspended until January 24. Due … Continue reading Kansas City: Evictions Suspended After Protest at Judge’s Home in Response to Deputy Shooting Tenant

United Neighborhood Defense Movement: National Day of Action January

Photo: UNDM in Los Angeles (Source @EastLosHeart) By Nélida Tello with contributions from Serran Soledad and Henry Underwood United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) chapters across the country held a National Day of Action on January 1. The National Day of Action is a continuation of actions led by UNDM which commenced in November 2019 as a response to the eviction moratorium passed by Center for … Continue reading United Neighborhood Defense Movement: National Day of Action January