News & Actions Archive
Published: February 27, 2013 PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
Workers’ rights advocates are planning to show up where lawmakers eat today, or at least where many of them get their coffee, to rally support for an earned sick time bill.
The Dunkin’ Donuts across Beacon Street from the Statehouse will be the site of a protest for activists who are hoping to require businesses to grant sick time to workers. According to organizers, operating as The Massachusetts Paid Leave Coalition, Sen. Dan Wolf and Rep. Kay Khan have filed legislation that would ensure sick leave for Bay State workers.Read More
Fannie Mae holds millions of homeowners underwater, and their actions have led to the arrest of a Brockton man and his family. Without warning, police entered the home of Tyrone Hubbard during a City Life eviction blockade on Friday, and arrested him, his sons, and City Life member Rev. Stewart Lanier. The police also took into custody a young mother and her 6-week old baby who are part of the Hubbard family.
Following a huge showing in NYC two weeks earlier, City Life joined other members of the NEW ROAD Network among the two hundred protesters who gathered at Fannie Mae headquarters in Northwest, Washington D.C. on Thursday.Read More
City Life is loking for a Communication Coordinator to work 20 hrs/wk part-time.
City Life joined 300 demonstrators, including 50 students from the 7th and 8th grade class of Boston’s Smith Charter School Academy, in a demonstration in New York City on September 12th. Protesters gathered in Bryant Park and marched to the Fannie & Freddie headquarters as part of a national effort organized by the Right to the City Alliance.Read More
This is an update to our earlier story on the Medford/Malden Tenants Union, which was formed recently to negotiate with their notorious landlord, Alpha Management.Read More
City Life/Vida Urbana is part of a national movement of grassroots groups rising up against Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, and we’re heading to NYC on September 12th to join forces with groups from across the region for a major action. Protests are also planned in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Atlanta at the regional offices in those communities. All the rallies will demand principal reduction and that President Obama use his power of recess appointment to get rid of Ed DeMarco. We will also demand that:Read More
Heather Gordon was evicted from her home at 3 Mendell Way a month ago. As part of City Life’s ongoing work with artist John Hulsey, Heather’s own handwriting about her struggle will be projected on the wall of her home tomorrow evening, Tuesday, at 8:30. This will take place right after our Tuesday night meeting. If you are at the meeting, we will march over together.Read More
City Life and other NEW ROAD groups have been working through the Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending to try to win mandatory mediation and just cause eviction for homeowners. Right now, a bill that offers no eviction protection for foreclosed families is headed to the Governor to be signed. We need to make sure that Governor Patrick hears from us about this bad bill.Read More
Video via Myrna Morales.Read More
A busload of people from City Life’s Bank Tenant Association and from other bank tenant organizing projects around New England is heading to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Bank of America shareholders meeting. We will leave Monday evening late. The shareholders’ meeting is May 9.Read More
Occupy Quincy held a teach in at the Thomas Crane Library with speakers Dr. Paul Atwood, Senior Lecturer on American Studies at UMASS Boston, and Steve Meacham, Organizing Coordinator for City Life/Vida Urbana. Watch the three videos of Steve’s presentation below.
CL/VU organizer Antonio Ennis (aka Twice Thou) hit the stage at Yale University last week for the Rap for Justice, part of an ongoing collaboration between New Haven Public Schools, Yale, and the Boston-based hip hop group 4Peace. Middle school students caught Twice Thou’s message of nonviolence and some even wrote and performed their own songs. Check out the video below for clips of the performance.Read More
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The People’s desire for democracy (the 99%!) has been thwarted by a corporate ruling class, led especially by its financial wing, the emperors of the Wall St. Banks. They are symbolized by the cruel Count Bankula, who tried to disrupt the City Life press conference two days ago.Read More
About 50 people joined the Bank Tenant Association press conference at 40 Fowler St., which we occupied Oct. 1. We started the press conference by chasing away Count Bankula, who had arrived to claim our neighborhood. We chased him down Fowler St., trailed by reporters and news cameras.Read More
Today, the Northside Bank Tenant Assoc. (the East Boston, Revere, Malden area) will sponsor a rally against Wells Fargo. One of their members is Soeurette Sainto, whose family has been approved for a new mortgage by the non-profit lender, Boston Community Capital. Wells, however, refuses to negotiate until Ms. Sainto is evicted.
For more on the Wells Fargo protest, please click READ MORE below.Read More
City Life/Vida Urbana led a colorful, raucous march of 3,000 people through the streets for Take Back Boston, a mass action by the Right to the City Alliance. Our members carried signs describing their fight against foreclosure, and we were joined by more than 50 organizations, including members of UNITE/HERE picketing at the Hyatt Hotel, and CWA picketing at Verizon Wireless. The march ended at Bank of America’s Massachusetts headquarters, where 24 Boston residents proudly blocked the doors and sat inside of the bank lobby, and refused to leave.Read More
Drusilla Francis has lived in her home in Dorchester for more than 20 years, had two foster children, and played an active role in creating community and reducing crime in her neighborhood. Vacancies in her rental units put Drusilla behind on mortgage payments for the first time ever, and she asked US Bank to negotiate repayment. The bank gave her wrong information and delayed correspondence until after they had foreclosed.Read More
A bank cannot evict you from your home unless it can prove in court that it legally owns your property – this recent ruling by the state’s highest court says you have the right to make them prove it. When Bank of New York tried to evict KC Bailey, a member of City Life/Vida Urbana, he chose to fight his eviction in housing court. His struggle reached the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which found in his favor, ruling that every tenant and homeowner should have the right to challenge the bank that is trying to take their home away.Read More