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.
Lisa Owens Pinto, Executive Director of City Life/Vida Urbana, and Darnell Johnson, Coordinator of Right to the City Boston, speak about the need for a Just Cause eviction law in Boston. Click below for the full story.
What do we want? JUST CAUSE EVICTION LAW in Boston! On Saturday, October 3rd, we kicked off the citywide campaign boldly and beautifully. TEN city councilors and candidates spoke at the gathering in support of the proposed law, including Presley, Wu, Flaherty, Murphy, Baker, Jackson and Yancey and candidates George, Campbell and Clemons. The movement is rolling for Just Cause! Thanks to Right to the City Boston and the Boston Tenant Coalition for pulling off an unstoppable kickoff!
September, 2015: “It’s interesting how redlining is still affecting us today,” Carolyn Lomax of City Life/Vida Urbana says. “People know about it, but no one really talks about it...If we do nothing, nothing will change. But if we come together, what we do now will forever define us.”
READ THE ARTICLE on hyperallergic.com.
“This is an area of poor people, working people, but we work for low salaries,” Egleston resident Rita Alcaráz said. “The majority of us have two jobs to pay our rent. And so you come and build apartments for people who earn $60,000 or $70,000 a year. Only in our dreams can we afford that.”
SIGN THE PETITION TO SUPPORT THE MAVERICK ST. TENANTS!: http://maverick-clvu.nationbuilder.com
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.