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Alma Jimenez
35:32
HOLA DESDE CONCORD CA
Estefania Bautista
35:56
Hello! I’m Estefania from San Jose, CA. im attending as a housing organizer that wants to learn more.
Beau Revlett
36:08
beau Revlett any pronouns Lexington KY (Lexington Housing Justice Collective). excited to build analysis and community w other folks organizing for housing justice!
Sara Kelley
36:09
Sara from San Pablo, CA I'm interested in learning more about housing justice organizing
Kayla Miranda
36:14
san antonio, tx housing advocate to learn
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
36:18
hey all, to chat to all attendees, please choose “all panelists and attendees” from the drop-down menu on the chat
Linda Mombrun
36:20
Have you guys already posted last weeks class.
Brady Baca
36:29
Hi this is Brady from Boston, MA. Here to learn more about housing organizing and activism
Denny Khamphanthong
36:29
Denny Khamphanthong, Richmond CA, I’m a community organizer that’s build PE around housing
nora lichtash
36:32
nora Philadelphia fighting for affordable housing and community control
Angela Landes
36:44
I'm Angela, she/they, I'm in Santa Cruz California. I'm interested in fighting for housing for all, and am part of a going Community Land Trust who are learning about how to get off the ground.
Ann Colichidas
36:45
Ann C. Sonoma. RENTER POWER!
Charlotte Colantti
37:03
Charlotte from St. Paul MN. housing organizer
Laura Hinz
38:21
Laura she/her, Peninsula DSA fighting for Cancel Rent and housing as a human right
matt, rttc, he/him
38:36
Cancelrent.us
Sofia Natty
39:31
Sofia, in Lisbon (Portugal). Housing activist/organizer
Jake Coffey
39:37
Jake, Orlando, FL, to learn about history of housing justice fights to build renter power in the south
Emma Boorboor
39:41
Hi I’m Emma (she/her) with WCRP in Philly. Excited to learn more about the history of housing justice organizing
Jesus Santana
39:46
Hello everyone, my name is Jesus Santana. I am calling from Santa Ana, CA. I am here joining y’all because I want to be able to learn and gather as much housing knowledge to support my community. Thank you!
Steve Leeds
39:46
Steve Leeds (he/him), San Francisco - Housing Rights Committee/Westside Tenants Association - organizing tenants on the west side of SF.
Bailey Hu
39:47
Bailey from Somerville, MA, hoping to learn more about tenant organizing
Jose Huitron
39:59
Jose Luis, SF
Karen Kirchoff
40:00
Karen K, in Boston, member City Life/Vida Urbana
Maya Garfinkel
40:16
maya Seattle wa she / her tenant organizer with be:Seattle
Linda Mombrun
40:21
My name is Linda Mombrun and I am In Newark ,NJ
Alma Jimenez
40:21
Se escucha mucho ruido en la linea de espanol pongan su audio en mute porfavor
Karla Juarez
40:22
Karla Juarez , Santa Ana CA, Here to learn about housing justice history
Lark Catoe
40:25
lark, besides experiencing homelessness in the past and feeling housing insecurity all my life. and witnessing my mother being pushed out of DC. i believe all people should have guarentee housing
Hannah Recht
40:28
Hannah from New Virginia Majority-- immigrant justice organizer focused on cancel rent and housing organizing
Joseph Smooke
40:31
HI this is Joseph fr San Francisco, I"m here to learn more about building tenant power to lead social movements
Maria Zamudio
40:38
Maria Zamudio living in Oakland and working in SF with the Housing Rights Committee of SF here to reground into some juicy political education!
Maria Zamudio
40:41
Hi Steve!
Davin Cardenas
40:45
Davin Cardenas / Homes For All California / Right to the City
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
41:18
por favor, por los que estan escuchando en espanol, ponganse en mute si no estas hablando. gracias!
pam, right to the city, she/they
41:18
i see you Thuy!
Cynthia Fong
41:26
cynthia, housing rights committee of SF, here to learn more and meet others to build tenant power!
Jose Huitron
41:36
I'm here to get updated on rental issues
Jose Huitron
41:53
found by Causa Justa
Linda Mombrun
42:16
Email from Homes for all directly
aileen young
43:32
Hello, everyone! I'm Aileen and I'm based in SF, currently in San Jose for SIP. I'm interesting in learning from everyone and bringing knowledge back to my community
Jennifer Morales
43:36
Jenny Morales/ Monument Impact in Concord, CA / Community Organizer / Currently helping tenants organize in their building as they were given a 30 day notice of a rent increase on May 1st to go into effect on June 1st after moratorium in Concord is lifted.
Jesus Santana
44:37
La Cultura Cura, Culture Cures
Maria Zamudio
45:14
lol pitter patter of tenant feet jajaja
Denny Khamphanthong
45:23
^
Denny Khamphanthong
46:09
What lol
deicy camacho
46:24
Elena Camacho I am community organizer From New Virginia Majority in Richmond VA
Marnie Thompson
47:06
hilarious!!
Jake Coffey
47:10
Classic divide and conquer
jayanni she.her
47:18
That’s right Jake!
Maria Zamudio
47:37
“I could use that money to buy things” that is very much our talking point lol
Marnie Thompson
47:42
Marnie Thompson, Fund for Democratic Communities and Seed Commons, Greensboro NC
Jesus Santana
47:43
It scares the people in power
B Buford
47:47
Landlord don’t have much choice when everyone is together
Alma Jimenez
47:51
humillacion, engano
Karla Juarez
47:52
Divide and conquer
Marnie Thompson
47:55
united we stand, divided we fail!
Denny Khamphanthong
47:56
Landlords use tactics to divide renters
Angela Landes
48:02
union busting, like was attempted at the UC
Linda Mombrun
48:10
tenant power is only as strong as the unity they posses.
Maria Zamudio
48:11
Individual concession to distract from the big wins
Sara Kelley
48:21
mojitos cant break us apart!
Denny Khamphanthong
48:34
That’s Right ^
Charlotte Colantti
48:46
trivializing the issues, and small temptations (mojitos) to distract from the real power dynamic
jayanni she.her
48:56
Yes Charlotte!
Maria Zamudio
49:41
unfair advantages for people with families…I’ve heard this (felt thing myself 👀) around the stimulus stuff
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
52:37
Early 1900s: Homeownership & Early Urbanization
B Buford
57:51
What’s the name of the building ?
pam, right to the city, she/they
58:01
Allerton Coops
jayanni she.her
01:01:02
The PWA housing was publically owned and operated at the federal level, had no income restrictions, and advocates pushed for its development on unused land. Ultimately though it was tied to slum clearance and income restrictions were imposed.
jayanni she.her
01:06:19
“Redlining Is Illegal, But It’s Still Hurting Latino Families” https://salud-america.org/redlining-is-illegal-but-its-still-hurting-latino-families/ (to add to what Graciela mentioned)
Brady Baca
01:08:04
I can walk north for 15 minutes from where I am and the average income/housing quality is from another world. Red Lining may be illegal but its effects still mark cities throughout America :(
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:08:15
^^ so true brady
jayanni she.her
01:11:19
Homelessness visibly increased in this period, and the 1987 Mckinney Act provided federal funding for shelters and services, largely addressing the symptoms rather than the roots of the issue.
nora lichtash
01:11:37
HOPE 6
jayanni she.her
01:11:51
1993 Hope VI established a limited partnership between public housing authorities and developers to demolish distressed public housing and to develop mixed-income low density housing; dislocated public housing residents are not guaranteed right of return in the federal policy, but instead are given Section 8 vouchers. In its first 10 years, approximately 165,000 public housing units were destroyed.
matt, rttc, he/him
01:12:26
Hey all reminder to message ‘All Panelists and attendees’ if you want to message everyone on the chat
Mextli Lopez
01:12:42
Here in Santa Ana California, the nieghborhood where I live has a building for sale for $1million dollars which has four units and multiple families (non-white). Not even five minute walk across the main thoroughfare is Floral Park, where current 3 bedroom home for sale starts at $1million (I think you know who lives here...)
jayanni she.her
01:13:39
In another eventual blow to public housing, Katrina in 2005 devastates New Orleans. In New Orleans, “disaster capitalism” spurred privatization. New Orleans demolished 4,500 public housing units making room for new development.
susanna
01:14:44
Yes and the amazing squatter movement!
Beau Revlett
01:14:49
national Union of the homeless had HUGE wins across the country during this time period
nora lichtash
01:15:34
CRA required banks to invest in communities where residents banked
pam, right to the city, she/they
01:16:59
^^^ Maria!
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:19:17
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1zMXG5XAmWcwJHtj98Xdsy0i-pNM-f7OlyDQGWO8xk54/edit#slide=id.g858f8619c0_0_107
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:19:22
link to the slide^^
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:19:30
slide 19
Denny Khamphanthong
01:24:04
Welcome y’all! Need to celebrate and uplift these victories
Dave Ransom
01:26:43
A third of the men in my church men’s group reported that they lost their houses in the foreclosure crisis. That changed the mindset in church from ‘we’re all good middle class’ to ‘we need systemic change, and the first step is to heal the rift with the hispanics. The win was the change in consciousness.
Maria Zamudio
01:27:42
^^ wow that is powerful Dave, thank you for sharing that
jayanni she.her
01:27:47
Dave, wow. Thank you for sharing that.
Denny Khamphanthong
01:29:31
that’s beautiful
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:29:42
YOU WON!!!!
Jennifer Morales
01:29:48
Ronel, wow.
pam, right to the city, she/they
01:29:58
When Ronel won, so did we!
Ruby-Beth Buitekant
01:30:00
Wow. Ronel, thank you so much for sharing this.
Karla Juarez
01:30:01
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
susanna
01:30:22
Powerful Ronel!
jayanni she.her
01:30:26
To show Ronel love make sure you’re using “All Panelist and attendees” chat.
matt, rttc, he/him
01:30:42
Thanks for sharing in the chat folks! Please share to ‘all panelists and attendees’ so everyone can see!
Lafeetah Byrum
01:30:44
❤️❤️❤️
Laura Hinz
01:30:50
What an inspiration! Thank you for your story and the powerful way you shared it.
Araceli Catalan
01:32:31
Gracias por compartir , yo siempre les digo a las personas que el conocimiento es poder ,y que eso hace no haya miedo !!, gracias por compartir Ronel Remy
Davin Cardenas
01:34:32
Yes!!
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:34:36
right to counsel means that you have the right to a lawyer if you have to go to housing court
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:34:49
before RTC’s campaign in nyc, you didn’t have that right
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:34:59
the deck is stacked against tenants
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:37:35
so exciting!
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:37:40
thank you susanna
Ruby-Beth Buitekant
01:37:41
That was so great - thank you Susanna!
Maria Zamudio
01:37:53
woooh!!! Thanks panelists!
susanna
01:37:58
You can find the toolkit on our website here: https://www.righttocounselnyc.org/organizing_covid19
Marnie Thompson
01:38:01
great
Maria Martinez
01:38:04
Thank you Susanna!!!
jayanni she.her
01:38:05
THANK YOU Ronel with City Life/Vida Urbana and THANK YOU Susanna with Right to Counsel NYC
Denny Khamphanthong
01:38:07
Thank you panelists!
Steve Leeds
01:38:24
Thanks panelists - awesome!
Ty Brown
01:38:53
Thanks panelists!
Alma Jimenez
01:39:40
en mitad de la pandemia en nuestros apartamentos hemos recibido un aumento de renta
Davin Cardenas
01:40:52
for folks in California looking to getting plugged into campaign statewide register for our upcoming Ca Renter Assembly on May 30th - https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkdu2orjopE9BoYTi1cmM7z1855XoFs2hY
Davin Cardenas
01:40:59
davin@righttothecity.org
Maria Zamudio
01:41:03
Yes! Can you all share this link and this organizers name again?
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:41:18
yes! it’s in the slideshow @maria
susanna
01:41:20
Jesse Grey
Mateo Gil
01:41:24
powerful
Marnie Thompson
01:41:30
love his clarity!
Ty Brown
01:41:34
So real now.
Karla Juarez
01:41:43
#PeopleOverProfit
susanna
01:41:47
He was also an organizer with SNCC and a radical communist. Very clear.
Ruby-Beth Buitekant
01:41:49
listening to Jesse makes me feel more rooted in this work.
Marnie Thompson
01:41:54
People over property
Denny Khamphanthong
01:42:18
I remember my first time walking through Harlem in 2016 and wonder what life was like back then. You see the murals and history but this helps fill in those gaps.
Lark Catoe
01:42:22
is it sad this has been an ongoing issue
Mextli Lopez
01:42:27
These landlords and developers call themselves "Businesses" and can't even adhere to basic "business" standards... Time to get rid of them!
Dave Ransom
01:42:35
black rebellion in ‘60s had big effect on creating white radicals — and educating same . . . important in building multinational movement
susanna
01:43:31
https://www.righttocounselnyc.org/organizing_covid19
susanna
01:44:11
We also have this great comic book strip outlining the steps to take to organize your building: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/righttocounselnyc/pages/100/attachments/original/1587045752/RentStrikeV04-letter_copy.pdf?1587045752
Dave Ransom
01:44:36
rent strikes have EVERYTHING to do with morality: we built it, we use it, we own it!
Charlotte Colantti
01:44:59
Susanna, is there a Spanish version of this comic book?
Mateo Gil
01:45:09
thank you for sharing susanna
jayanni she.her
01:45:13
You don’t have a moral relationship with your landlords, you have a business relationship!
susanna
01:45:18
There isn’t! The rent strike toolkit though is in spanish
susanna
01:45:39
English toolkit: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/righttocounselnyc/pages/100/attachments/original/1585739362/RTCNYC.COVID19.4.pdf?1585739362
Maria Martinez
01:46:03
Thank you Susanna for sharing
susanna
01:46:10
Toolkit in Spanish: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/righttocounselnyc/pages/100/attachments/original/1586436761/Huelga_de_Renta_.pdf?1586436761
susanna
01:46:41
We are working on a few more languages as well. But it’s taking a minute…
Magda Zalewska
01:47:12
I can translate in Polish!
susanna
01:47:40
Wow, Madga! That’s awesome
susanna
01:47:51
Email me: susanna@righttocounselnyc.org
jayanni she.her
01:47:56
Pam: Rent strikes should be public to assert as much pressure as you can and to make your demands clear. You can send a demand letter to the landlord, outlining your demands and threatening that a rent strike will begin if your demands aren’t met by a particular date, and on that date, you can send an announcement letter putting them on notice that you’re officially on rent strike. You can also announce your rent strike to the media, at a press conference or rally; put signs in windows; meet with elected officials,  etc. The more public your rent strike is, the more protected you are and the more pressure you create!
Magda Zalewska
01:48:06
okay Susanna!
Kayla Miranda
01:48:26
A rent strike isnt possible in Texas. The eviction process is 3 weeks(21days) and the law prohibits withholding rent in exchange for repairs or disagreements with a few small exceptions.
susanna
01:49:13
I hear you. And also we did rent strikes in NY for generations before it was legal to withhold rent for repairs. The power of it is to collectively bargain.
susanna
01:49:41
The right to withhold rent for repairs, was a right we won because of doing rent strikes.
Maria Zamudio
01:50:02
all rent strikes are illegal and always comes with a risk. The risk is mitigated by collective power and with help from lawyers of course…but this is not a “legal” action
Kayla Miranda
01:50:05
the exception in Texas is the needed repair is life threatening and the rent went to pay for the repair themselves and was done through a legitimate repair person.
Maria Zamudio
01:50:55
Right the warranty of habitability stuff
Maria Zamudio
01:51:21
Thanks Paige for catching that and correcting me
susanna
01:51:32
It’s risky and that’s what gives us power, because putting things on the line lets those in power know we are serious!
Isaac Simon Hodes
01:51:33
If rent strikes are a tactic that work in the context of a campaign, why are we centering this whole conversation on that specific tactic, which makes sense in VERY few contexts around the country right now?
Laura Hinz
01:51:51
Really worried about what happens after the eviction moratorium ends
susanna
01:52:11
Love that this toolkit is getting out there and being used and shared. Please use and share widely!
susanna
01:52:22
@Laura, we are too!
Dave Ransom
01:52:28
Can we hear more about the change in the situation from covid?
paige k | she | rttc | nyc
01:52:50
appreciate that question isaac. today we decided to focus on rent strikes because the concept is gaining a lot of traction and we want to be clear about the power and reality of rent strikes. in future sessions we will talk more about tenant unions and social housing, and give more organizing examples
Maria Martinez
01:54:30
La Comunidad de bajos ingresos estan muy preocupados de ser desalojados despues de que termine la Moratoria de Desalojo, por que tal vez no puedan pagar la renta
Laura Hinz
01:54:48
Thanks to all the panelists. Your presentation is inspiring, informational and well presented. The interaction is powerful.
jayanni she.her
01:55:17
@Dave can you say more?
Maria Zamudio
01:55:21
@Isaac I think about rent strikes as an important tactic because as tenants our rent is our economic power and base for negation whether that is as a building with their individual landlord or as a movement taking on the real estate sector (and the politicians in their pockets)
Maria Zamudio
01:55:33
negotiation*
jayanni she.her
01:56:18
Action: Send the letter!Make sure to state the effective date of the rent strike. Pick a date that makes the most sense for your building. We are suggesting that you send 4 copies: to your landlord, governor, and state representatives.
susanna
01:56:24
Also, I think it’s helpful to talk about rent strikes because we haven’t done them in a collective way in a really long time….and there is a lot of misinformation out there about them.
jayanni she.her
01:56:29
Make your rent strike publicPut up a sign in your windows, doors, and building to let the public know you are on rent strike. Call your local TV station or neighborhood newspaper to let them know you’re on rent strike.
susanna
01:56:33
And they are powerful!
Maria Zamudio
01:56:35
Yes David Rose FTW FOREVER!!
Maria Zamudio
01:56:53
❤️❤️❤️
jayanni she.her
01:57:17
Follow UpMake sure to keep track of who is on strike. You should also document any instances of threats or harassment from the landlord. Use the WhatsApp group to communicate regularly about building updates, individual support as well as statewide campaign updates and actions.
Magda Zalewska
01:57:24
You guys are amazing I appreciate everything you guys do!! Susanna I emailed you!
jayanni she.her
01:57:37
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1zMXG5XAmWcwJHtj98Xdsy0i-pNM-f7OlyDQGWO8xk54/edit#slide=id.g858f8619c0_0_107
Marnie Thompson
01:57:38
this was super informative and inspiring!
Dave Ransom
01:58:00
Is this session being recorded? How can it be found?
Isaac Simon Hodes
01:58:15
I think there’s a disconnect between what’s got traction online and with some activists vs what’s being discussed on the ground with our base. In any case, I think it’s fine to have discussion of specific tactics but I wish it would’ve been made clear that there would be this kind of focus on this call. It’s not a helpful frame in our (geographic) context and we would’ve targeted outreach differently for this call if we’d known.
Angela Landes
01:58:31
thanks so much y'all!
Laura Hinz
01:58:35
Can't wait for the next presentation
Joseph Smooke
01:58:41
thank you!!
Jesus Santana
01:59:01
Thank you everyone!
Dave Ransom
01:59:06
Thanks!
Trilce, RTTC, she/ella
01:59:10
Thank you everyone for you commitment!
Araceli Catalan
01:59:11
Gracias a todxs
Maria Martinez
01:59:14
Muchas gracias.. por toda la informacion
Denny Khamphanthong
01:59:14
Thank you everyone!
Maria Zamudio
01:59:16
Thank you all!!
Magda Zalewska
01:59:19
please email me the next zoom!!
Lafeetah Byrum
01:59:19
thank you
pam, right to the city, she/they
01:59:21
Thank you beautiful people!
nicole zapata
01:59:26
Thank you all!! gracias!!!
samir(he/him)
01:59:26
bit.ly/cancelrentfest
matt, rttc, he/him
01:59:40
^^^^
aileen young
01:59:46
thank you!!! y'all created a beautiful space to share knowlege. much appreciation :)
pam, right to the city, she/they
02:02:01
paige, thanks for being our fearless leader!