QUINCY —Visitors to Quincy District Court were greeted by a sidewalk message Thursday morning – a large-lettered banner that read “Eviction Free Zone.” A dozen South Shore residents gathered with the banner to protest 11 eviction cases scheduled to be heard Thursday in the court. The event was organized by the new local group SSAFE, South Shore Against Foreclosures and Evictions.
This week, City Life/Vida Urbana united forces with Chinese Progressive Assocation, Lynn United for Change, and Chelsea Collaborative to kick off Right to the City’s Homes for All Campaign in Boston.
The blending of nonprofit activism and hip-hop isn’t new, but we haven’t seen much specifically directed at the foreclosure crisis. At the Boston-based tenant and housing advocacy nonprofit City Life/Vida Urbana, hip-hop artist Twice Thou has done a music video targeting bank lending practices that have led to the foreclosure crisis.
City Life will present at the third Project No One Leaves/Harvard Legal Aid Bureau conference, Community Responses to the Foreclosure Crisis.
City Life continues its work with the tenants who reside in the 260 units of housing in Malden and Medford that were purchased earlier this year by Alpha Management. Alpha immediately raised rents hundreds of dollars. But tenants organized and formed the Medford-Malden Tenants United (MTU).