On August 1st, 2015, 10 families in East Boston were displaced when the back wall of their apartment building collapsed. Tell Mayor Walsh and ISD to respond to the 4 simple demands of these displaced families by signing the petition. It's been 4 weeks now since they've been living in hotels, and it's time for the city to take action.
This video is a window into the INCREDIBLE surge of community power in East Boston, the epicenter of Boston's storm of displacement. It's been 3 weeks since about 20 tenants on Maverick Street were evacuated from their collapsed apartment building. They're STILL in a hotel in Revere without kitchens, with little privacy, with emotional stress and longer commutes. To make things worse, school is starting soon, and getting there won't be easy unless they're relocated. Lawyers are working hard on their behalf. In the meantime, as rents increase and displacement continues, neighbors are taking to the streets for the RIGHT to REMAIN and the RIGHT to RETURN!
“It’s not magic,” said Steve Meacham, housing activist with City Life/Vida Urbana. “It’s just the fact that once you decide to organize and fight back, you have a lot of leverage that you don’t have when you’re acting as an individual.”
We're only $12,000 away from the $200,000 goal of our Spring Drive! That's only 6% left to go. And we CAN do it! DONATE TODAY at http://www.clvu.org/spring2015. The deadline for reaching our goal is June 30th! We continue to exist, to grow, and to keep up the fight because of you!
Chants of "Aquí estamos. ¡No nos vamos!" ("We're here. We're not moving!") rang out on the evening of May 13th, 2015 through the streets around Maverick T station. About 75 people, majority Latinos facing displacement, took part. The march, organized by City Life/Vida Urbana, visited key buildings where new investors are forcing Latinos out. "Most of the evictions...are no-fault and are directed at working class people of color," said Andres Del Castillo, City Life's organizer in East Boston.