Do you remember 2008? It was only 12 years ago. Millions of people lost their jobs in the Great Recession and couldn’t pay their mortgages.
As a result, big corporations swooped in and bought thousands of homes at a time. And landlords sold their apartment buildings to those same corporations. Suddenly, whole neighborhoods, especially Black and brown ones, had been gobbled up. Those corporations hiked up the rent and evicted people right and left. Many of the people who lost out still haven’t recovered.
Now, we’re in a pandemic, and millions of people have lost their jobs again. Corporations are stockpiling cash to do the same thing.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of people losing homes, we can work together to keep everyone stable. We can protect neighborhoods from corporations that don’t care about our people. We can make sure land stays community-owned - forever. It’s time to act so California doesn’t have a repeat of 2008.
We are kicking the campaign around Stable Homes California into high gear this week, when we expect a statewide bill to drop on this very issue. You can support the campaign in so many ways. You can join us Tuesday at 2pm to talk about it in depth (Zoom link here, or call in at 669 900 6833, meeting ID 989 0647 9713). Was your family’s housing affected during the Great Recession - or are you worried about it right now? If you have a story, tell us here.
Take good care,
Connect with RUN
The Eviction Protections workgroup invites you to join us for a roundtable discussion with Affordable Housing Developers on Thursday July 9 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. We will discuss ways in which residents can engage in advocacy and the conversation will focus on how to prevent evictions in affordable housing and how to advocate for funding to keep the lights on when fewer residents are able to pay rent. We are ready to support efforts to ensure that affordable housing can survive the pandemic and that our neighbors remain housed.
To join through videocall follow thislink and to join with phone call 1 669 900 6833 the meeting ID is 947 7352 3015.
RUN Community Care calls are every Wednesday at 1pm. Come connect with other RUN members across the state, then find out what’s happening on housing and the best ways to take action. Here’s the video chat link. Just have a phone? You can call 669 900 6833, meeting ID 963 6157 2844.
RUN en español: Habrá un entrenamiento especial el 16 de julio sobre el movimiento “Las vidas negras importan” y lo que significa, especialmente en nuestras comunidades latinoamericanas. Esta es una invitación abierta para usted, sus amigos y familiares – la conversación comenzará a las 3 de la tarde. Se puede conectar por video aquí o por teléfono llamando al 669 900 6833, clave 936 1014 1191 // We’ll hold a special training on July 16 about the Black Lives Matter movement and what it means, especially in our Latin American communities. Invite your friends and relatives - we meet at 3pm. You can join by video here or call in by phone at 669 900 6833, meeting ID 936 1014 1191
Want to work towards something big for the November elections? Sign up to phonebank for corporations to pay their fair share of taxes with School and Communities First on a Tuesday in June. You’ll get trained and then get support to make calls!
Join a working group to focus on an area you’re interested in:
Help make sure 2008 doesn’t happen again: We meet Tuesdays at 2pm. Use this Zoom link or call 669 900 6833, meeting ID 989 0647 9713.
Day 91: preventing evictions in affordable housing. We meet Thursdays at 11am and your staff contact is Jazmin. Use thisZoom link or call 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 987 2835 9776.
Homelessness: what to do next. We meet Thursdays at noon. (Yes, that’s NEW!) Use this Zoom link or call 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 936 0221 5953.
News you can use
California eviction courts are still shut down, and that’s a good thing, because as other states start to lift eviction moratoria, even though COVID-19 is still raging, many anticipate a huge wave of evictions.
The federal moratorium on evictions, which applies to about 1 in 4 apartments, is about to expire, and the impact on Black communities in particular could be devastating.
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