DECEMBER 16TH, 2015: Over one-hundred City of Boston residents, including representatives of a dozen tenants' associations and individuals facing eviction, lit and decorated a "Justice Tree" with messages of hope for stronger protections from no-fault eviction. DONATE TODAY at www.clvu.org/donate!
In Part 2 of our series of "Transformations" video stories, we hear from Domingo. Domingo is fighting to stay in his Boston home after foreclosure by Fannie Mae. "I began to lose the fear of speaking," Says Domingo. "Yes, I have my voice...now I'm not afraid of facing anyone." HELP MAKE TRANSFORMATIONS HAPPEN - DONATE TODAY at www.clvu.org/donate. We need to raise $80K by December 31st, and together we're going to do it!
Donate here: www.clvu.org/donate. We need to raise $80,000 by December 31st, and together we're going to do it! Each week, we'll release a new video story in our "Transformations" story series. Kicking off the series is Heather Gordon, a long-time fighter who has become a bold and mighty leader for racial and economic justice. SUPPORT OUR TRANSFORMATIVE WORK: DONATE TODAY!
Friday, November 20th, 2015: Over 20 tenants of Maverick Street Realty in Boston took refuge in a the basement of a church while their landlord continues to delay repairs to their collapsed building. The landlord will no longer fund hotels for the tenants, so they are now sheltered by the church. Support their RIGHT TO RETURN home by joining in a CANDELIGHT PROCESSION on Wednesday, 11/25, the day before Thanksgiving at 7pm. Demand that Maverick St. Realty make the repairs needed to their home after MONTHS of delay.
City Life/Vida Urbana members joined youth leaders from the Keep It 100% for Egleston campaign and other Washington Corridor residents at last week's Boston Redevelopment Authority meeting to define a "master plan" for the corridor. We continued to lift up the demands for REAL AFFORDABILITY and an END TO DISPLACEMENT along the corridor. We also know that a JUST CAUSE EVICTION LAW, which we're pushing for with other Right to the City Boston coalition groups, would help protect renters in this vulnerable but very vocal area. Check out the video and support the fight for community control!
Greece's Solidarity Movement: Dora Teloni Demitra, Member of Greek Social Work Action Network, to Speak at CityLife/Vida Urbana
Dr. Dora Teloni Demitra, a social worker in Greece, speaks on Greece's solidarity economy on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 7pm at City Life/Vida Urbana.
From The Guardian: “All these projects, it’s very important to me, are not just helping people who need it, but they represent almost the start of a new kind of society,” Katerini said. “They are run as direct democracies, with no hierarchy. They are about people taking responsibility for their lives, putting their skills to use, becoming productive again.”
"As developers buy real estate, some have issued eviction notices to entire buildings, ordering residents to leave or pay up to $1,000 more per month, according to attorneys who work with the advocacy group City Life/Vida Urbana to help residents fight evictions...A group of longtime East Boston residents gathers every Wednesday night in the basement of a Paris Street church. At a recent meeting, many brought their children and some carried folders with pieces of wrinkled paper: eviction notices." Click below for the full story.