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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.
Check out City Life/Vida Urbana's latest annual report:
Seattle, Washington - City Life/Vida Urbana's Organizing Coordinator, Steve Meacham, was the keynote speaker at SAFE in Seattle's first Radical Organizing Conference. Speaking to a crowd of 130 housing and social justice activists, Meacham presented City Life's organizing model and recent victories for homeowners and tenants. "In addition to a grievance," Meacham says, "we need hope...a sense of righteousness and a sense of power."
Watch the video for clips of his keynote presentation and an interview with a Seattle based housing justice activist.
On November 19, 2014, the federal government argued in federal court that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae – the government-sponsored banks that own half of all US mortgages – should not be subject to local, state, or federal laws. Ramón and Rosanna Suero, Dorchester residents, filed suit against Freddie Mac in November 2013 for violating a Massachusetts consumer protection statute intended to protect homeowners and stabilize communities, G.L. c. 244 sec. 35C. The Obama Administration, through the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), has intervened in the lawsuit, taking the position that the courts cannot restrain any illegal acts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Read more
After nearly 2 years in housing court fighting eviction - and after 2 days of jury trial - the Omorodion family has won a significant victory in the fight to stay in their home. The settlement reached this week with corporate landlord City Realty:
- Allows them to stay in their home with a lease renewable for 5 years at 3% rent increases
- Provides significant compensation for valuable items removed from locked storage space
- Enforces their right to notice prior to the landlord or its workers entering the apartment