Escalating Actions in 45 Cities Sweeping the Country

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9/18/17

Escalating Actions in 45 Cities Sweeping the Country
#RenterWeekOfAction for Rent Control, Community Control of Land and Renter Rights

National Contact:
Jess Clarke, media@righttothecity.org, 844-788-2489 Ext. 809

Who: Renters groups in 45 cities who are part of Homes for All’s #RenterWeekOfAction.

What: Marches for rent control, demonstrations at corporate landlords homes,tenant speak outs, occupations of development sites and mass assemblies for rent control are being staged in cities across the US to confront predatory rent increases, evictions and mass displacement.

When: Starting September 18, 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time and continuing daily through September 24.

Where: Alameda, Ashfield, Atlanta, Boston, Bowling Green, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Eugene, Jackson, Long Beach, Lynn , Manhattan, Miami, Miami, Minneapolis / St. Paul, Nashville, Newark, Philadelphia, Portland, Providence, Reno, Rochester, Salem, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Seattle, Sonoma, Spokane, Springfield, Washington DC.

To see a map of the growing list of actions visit: www.HomesForAll.org/RenterWeekOfAction

*** Interviews with renters impacted by eviction, rising rents, displacement and who are organizing renters unions available.

***High resolution photo and video available***

Highlighted Actions:

SEPT 17 – 19th 2017

Nashville, TN Nashville residents are organizing a 3-day caravan along the proposed transit development project by the Nashville Transit Authority to demand transit development that benefits everyone. That means protecting against displacement, gentrification and skyrocketing rents, livable jobs for people who live here and accessible transportation. Culmination September 19th with all day march on City Hall.

Contact: Austin Sauerbrei, 1-940- 782-0057

Location: Multiple, see https://www.facebook.com/events/120879495236406/

SEPT 18, 2017

Long Beach, CA (4-6PM PT) – “DayLight Robbery Protest” – Renters dressed in all black will stage a ‘daylight robbery’ of a property management company Belmont Brokerage who run 1600 apartments in Long Beach. “Long Beach renters are being robbed in broad daylight” according to Josh Butler, Executive Director of Housing Long Beach, who added, “the lack of action from our leadership is akin to aiding and abetting this crime against our neighbors.”
Contact: Josh Butler, 562-754-6645, josh@housinglb.org
Location: 647 E. 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90802

Santa Rosa, CA (6PM PT) – Renter Rally at office of major conservative political player who has been lead behind the NO on rent control campaign and anti-immigration policies. Renters who successfully organized and won major tenant lawsuit / demands leading rally – to celebrate victory and build momentum for Rent Control for All ballot initiative. Contact: Davin Cardenas, 707-318-2818
Location: 25 Old Courthouse Sq, Santa Rosa, California 9540

SEPT 19, 2017

Minneapolis (4-8 PM CT) – Tenants of corporate landlord Equity Residential Holdings/Apartment Shop LLC and Nexus real estate are planning to travel to their offices and the home of CEO Stephen Frenz for a creative direct action that will include massive banners, symbols of the horrid conditions tenants experience in his 1200+ units and direct action.  4 other actions/assemblies planned in Minneapolis/St.Paul this week.
Contact: Roberto de la Riva, 612-991-8584
Locations:
4PM – 3121 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Nexus Real Estate: 8531 Jersey Ave North, Brooklyn Park 55428
Apartment Shop / Stephen Frenz – 4521 E. Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, 55419

Santa Ana, CA (4-8PM PT) – March on City Hall to protect renters from unjust evictions and inhumane housing conditions 2.Control Rent 3.Control of land and development by local residents. Local organizers are launching “Remain & Thrive” policy campaign to fight for rent control, just cause eviction protections and community control of land & housing.
Contact:
Ruben Barreto, 714-617-8891 ext 122, ruben.barreto@sa-bhc.org
Location: 450 W. 4th Street Santa Ana, CA 92701

Seattle, WA (4PM PT) – Action at Vulcan Real Estate – Degentrify & Inspire is a youth-lead pop-up press conference, rally, and showcase outside of Vulcan headquarters at Chinatown/ID Station. The coalition of over 70 urban arts entities will be delivering five community commitments to Vulcan Real Estate, the Paul Allen owned company set to redevelop significant portions of the historically-redlined Central District along the Yesler-Jackson corridor in
upcoming years.
Contact: Cliff Cawthon, 206-747-7694
Location: 5th Street and Weller (Chinatown Station)

SEPT 20, 2017

Providence, RI (10AM ET) – Providence #RenterPower demonstration at City Hall – renters plan a street theater action inside city hall to call on local officials to pass strong renter protections, guard against gentrification and guarantee affordable homes for all.
Contact: Chris Rotondo, 401-451-8393, crotondo@gmail.com
Location: Providence City Hall

Detroit, MI (8:30 – 11:30AM ET) – March on City Hall to fight for increased renter protections in Detroit. Rally outside city hall is planned.
Contact: Kea Mathis, 330.957.2446
Location: 421 Madison Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

SEPT 21, 2017

New York City (4-6PM) – demonstration and direct action at the NYCHA headquarters to demand full funding for HUD and an end to the privatization of public housing. They plan to take over the street in front of the building and hold a people’s assembly to bring attention to the HUD cuts, the destruction of public housing and the need for investment in affordable housing.
Contact: Shatia Strother, 646 678 2546, shatia@furee.org
Location: 250 Broadway, New York, New York 10007

Newark, NJ (6-8PM) –  March on the Newark Housing Authority to call for Full Funding of HUD and an end to the demolition & privatization of public housing in Newark.
Contact: Drew Curtis, 201.736.5817
Location: 500 Broad St, Newark, New Jersey 07102

Denver, CO (1:30 – 6PM) – 380+ Immigrant renters and renters of Denver Meadows Home Park plan a series of demonstrations to call on the owner of Denver Meadows to halt the sale of the property and displacement of hundreds of families and instead sell the property to the renters to turn into a community land trust.
Contact: Andrea Chiriboga-Flor, 1 (978) 516-8996, andrea@9to5.org
Location: 2075 Potomac St, Aurora, CO 80011

SEPT 23 -24 2017 

Alameda, CA – Statewide California Renter Assembly. More than 400 renters from across California are converging for a 2-day assembly to plan for continued escalation and strategic interventions to fight for renters rights, rent control and community control of land & housing.
Contact: Maria Zamudio, 1-805-617-6359, maria.i.zamudio@gmail.com
Location: 2201 Encinal Ave, Alameda, California 94501

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The Renter Week of Action and Assemblies is being organized by Homes for All, a program of Right to the City with the support of CarsonWatch

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