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Economy – Housing Issues

Texas: As we battle forward unity will be our only weapon

Jose Torres and Manuel Torres |  Issue: February | March 2018

Unity is our only weapon as we battle forward for clean and safe water, and the means to feed and clothe our families. Unity is also our only weapon to fight for our democratic rights —all of which are at peril with SB-4. Texas unemployment is the lowest in decades and one of the lowest […]

Toward the Chicago Poor People’s Conference in 2018

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

Basing ourselves in the long history for justice and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, we announce our plan to build citywide organizations in Chicago around the following five-point basic agenda. These five points are not meant to fully represent all our areas of concern, but they serve as a unifying beginning […]

We need the Poor People’s Conference to unify across Chicago

Andy Willis |  Issue: February | March 2018

  I spoke with Carlos Castro from the Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park about the upcoming Chicago Poor Peoples Conference. Carlos is a longtime community organizer and activist. I asked him why we needed such a conference. Carlos Castro: With all the abuse from the police department in the city, lack of housing, with the […]

Section 8 vouchers for all who qualify!

from the Editors |  Issue: November | December 2017

Food and water are humanity’s first priority. Clothing and a roof over your head come next. In human — humane — society, these are fundamental rights. We do our best to assure that everybody has these basics. In a mass society, that’s what government is for — or at least what it should be for. […]

In Los Angeles, 600,000 expected to apply for just 2,400 Section 8 vouchers

Dave Ransom |  Issue: November | December 2017

Housing emergency much larger than the 90,000 living on the streets     Officials expect more than 600,000 Angelenos to apply for just 2,400 Section 8 housing vouchers later this month. That’s all that will become available when they open the waiting list for the first time since 2004. People at the bottom of the […]

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 […]

First, they came for the homeless

Sandy Perry |  Issue: July 2017

  The “First They Came for the Homeless” California speaking tour brought together some key leaders of the movement against homelessness. The April 22-24 tour was named after a grouping of houseless people that emerged from Occupy San Francisco and then organized a series of dramatic encampments confronting political officials in Berkeley. The name is […]

Revolutionary technology builds a $10,000 house

Dave Ransom |  Issue: July 2017

Benefiting from it may require a political earthquake as well It’s a technological solution to the housing crisis — now and forever. A San Francisco company is build-ing 400 square-foot houses for just over $10,000. Not only that, it takes less than a day. That’s because of a revolutionary breakthrough in construction technology, 3D printing — […]

Mothers Against Senseless Killing Promote a New Vision

Andy and Leslie Willis |  Issue: September | October 2016

  CHICAGO, IL — Chicago is not only a tale of two cities—the Magnificent Mile vs. poverty stricken neighborhoods—it’s also the tale of two visions. One vision is to secure our city with military-style police who terrorize dispossessed communities. The other vision is to have sharing and nurturing neighborhoods where resources become the property of […]

What is socialism?

from the Editors |  Issue: May | June 2016

Contrary to what we are told, socialism is not about simply adding more social programs, nor is it a fascist dictatorship.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary makes clear that socialism is an economic system, and a stepping-stone to a society based on cooperation where the wealth of society is distributed according to need. It states: [Socialism is] […]

El Pueblo Unido — Movement Develops Around Housing

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2016

Nothing so clearly demonstrates the failure of modern capitalism as its inability to keep a roof over people’s heads. And there is no reason to expect the “free market” to solve the problem — which, after all, it is creating. “If I don’t raise my rents,” one landlord asserted recently, “I leave money on the […]

A Housing ‘State of Emergency’

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2016

  Corporate landlords push millions into the streets, but a movement rises to confront them As the number of people that landlords are driving into the streets rises to crisis levels, the cities of Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle — and the whole state of Hawaii — have declared housing emergencies. The politicians are taking […]

Tens of Thousands Affected by Displacement in Silicon Valley

Peggy Elwell |  Issue: February | March 2016

  Tenants and members of the homeless community protested early in the morning outside the hearing of the California Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing on Thursday, November 12 at the County Building in San Jose, California. The following speakers at the rally were interviewed by the Tribuno del Pueblo: Salvador Muñoz, Business Agent Local […]

Government Must House Our People

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2016

  In an economy based on private property, government serves the owners of the means of production, who in our society are primarily the large banks and corporations. When those corporations begin to rely on automated production instead of human labor, they no longer pay the wages necessary for people to buy the bare necessities […]

Tenant Uprising in Silicon Valley

Sandy Perry |  Issue: October | November 2015

SAN JOSE, CA — People in San Jose, California and elsewhere in the Silicon Valley area have erupted in a surge of organizing activity around skyrocketing rents and deteriorating housing. Their desperation had been building for years and finally reached a tipping point in May, motivating Downtown Councilmember Raul Peralez to release a memo calling […]

International Social Movements Gathering on Water and Affordable Housing, Detroit, MI

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: August | September 2015

  Editor’s note: On this page we bring you some of the voices from the unprecedented and inspiring International Social Movements Gathering on Water and Affordable Housing, held in Detroit Michigan in May. In this conference, people came together to share experiences nationally and worldwide on the struggle to make access to clean water and […]

Business Leader Fears ‘Serious Consequences’

Dave Ransom |  Issue: August | September 2015

‘Housing is a right,’ she says Sonoma is not the only county in the Bay Area where a movement is erupting over high rents, low vacancies, and the eviction of a whole economic class of tenants. Protestors recently jammed the San Francisco City Hall demanding an end to evictions from the the city’s Mission District, […]

‘The Right to a Roof’

Dave Ransom |  Issue: August | September 2015

  A grassroots housing movement takes shape in California’s North Bay The message couldn’t have been clearer or more disgustingly in your face.

Too Much Cash? Then Why the Rent Crisis?

from the Editors |  Issue: March 2015

Real-estate analysts are warning that there’s no end in sight to rent increases. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is calling it “the worst rental affordability crisis this country has even known.” This is big. What’s happening? To begin with, there’s a huge surplus of cash sloshing around the globe. It is controlled, […]

‘I am being drove out!’

Dave Ransom |  Issue: March 2015

  Millions face eviction from homes by landlords demanding higher rents “I am being drove out of the county,” Marie Leal told the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat as she struggled with being turned out of her apartment by a landlord who wants to rent it to higher-paying tenants. Once on the street in Santa […]

Nationalize the Banks!

Editors |  Issue: Volume 40, Number 5

Why would Wall Street’s flagship banks so flagrantly break the law and dispossess North America’s middle class — the better-paid sector of the working class — from their homes? The answer comes from the inner workings of capitalism, today’s capitalism in particular. One of the Bank of America employees who testified in Massachusetts (see story […]

“We were told to lie”

Dave Ransom |  Issue: Volume 40, Number 5

  The unending saga of the megabanks’ dispossession of working-class homeowners The checks have been mailed, the billions dispensed that the banks were supposed to give homeowners to redress the wrongs committed during the housing crisis. It turns out even that was a sham. If you or a friend — or a family member, a […]

Houstonians Protest Racist Slumlord

Lucía Gonzalez, Alianza Mexicana |  Issue: February | March 2013

HOUSTON—For almost a year, Martina Grifaldo and Monica Rodriguez, President and Vice President respectively of Alianza Mexicana, an organization formed by Mexican origin residents in Houston, Texas, led efforts to give voice to primarily Latino immigrant tenants in apartment complexes.   Monica Rodriguez herself, lived in one of these complexes, the Rock Springs Apartments, for over […]