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Families evicted from storage units receive help from the community

Juan Torres  |  Issue: July 2017

DONNA, TX – Following the issuance of an eviction notice by the city, the tenants living in storage units at Fiesta Flea Market have made plans to move out. Though Fiesta Flea Market is classified as a commercial vending establishment for sellers, some storage units are used as living quarters.

The media was called after numerous accounts of harassment by the management and threats that families either pay the last month’s rent or the police would be called. The tenants called the media. Through the coordination of several activists, a Baptist church in Weslaco provided transportation and gas. Also, an adult day care center provided trucks and vans. The county passed out vouchers for motel stays to eligible families and plans to take people to shelters.

Kindness was shared by everyone in the spirit of lending a hand to human beings without regard to nationality or legality.

These workers and their families, like so many who are being cast aside by the capitalist system when their labor is no longer needed, are fighting for their survival. They are pointing to a vision of a different society that provides what people need, independent of the present economic system.

¡Si Se Puede!

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