Tuesday, March 26, 2019
TKC MUST READ!!! ACTIVIST KC TENANTS PUSH BACK AGAINST MAYOR SLY'S LAST 'STATE OF THE CITY' SPEECH!!!
We're blogging whilst driving but for right now . . . Our reader community thinks THIS is the best response to Mayor Sly's Comments tonight . . . Photo credit to me whilst standing clandestinely right next to one of your civic council owners:
KC TENANTS RESPOND TO MAYOR’S STATE OF THE CITY
KANSAS CITY, MO— KC Tenants in Action, a new organization led by a multiracial base of tenants in Kansas City, responded to Mayor Sly James State of the City address this evening. After the Mayor’s speech, KC Tenants staged a response outside the venue at Rockhurst University. KC Tenants in action announced the launch of their voter guide, each participant identified as a tenant voter, and they challenged every candidate to come to them with a 100 day plan to act on housing if elected.
“We have heard from Mayor Sly James for two hours about the state of the city. The Kansas City that Mayor James describes is NOT the Kansas City that we live in. Mayor James talks about a renaissance in Kansas City during his term in office. Renaissance for whom? We want to tell you about the State of OUR city,” said Brynne Musser, a grassroots leader with KC Tenants.
“42 evictions are filed per day in Jackson County. Landlords win 99.8% of evictions in court. Race is the biggest predictor of whether or not you’ll be evicted in Kansas City. Under Mayor Sly James 75,102 evictions have been filed in Kansas City. Seventy. Five. Thousand. One. Hundred. and Two. That’s the state of OUR city, and that ain’t right,” said Becky Amezcua, a grassroots leader with KC Tenants.
“Over 1,798 people experience homelessness in Kansas City on a given night. And those are just the people on street. Those numbers don’t account for the thousands of us who are between shelters and hotels, cars and friends’ couches. Many more of us are invisible to KC. That’s the state of OUR city, said Tonya Bowman, a grassroots leader with KC Tenants.
“Our families are being uprooted and moved further from schools, jobs, and transportation as our neighborhoods gentrify. Even worse, Kansas City lures developers to downtown and our neighborhoods with tax breaks that we the people pay for and that cost our schools money that we don’t have to spend. These decisions are made behind closed doors, and through barely-secret pay-to-play deals. That’s the state of OUR city,” said Steven Tyler, a grassroots leader with KC Tenants.
“Our city is being bought and sold by out-of-state investors and private equity outfits based in New York, California, and even China,” said Christian Wade, a grassroots leader with KC Tenants, “These speculators are horrible neighbors, bad landlords, and-along with luxury developers downtown-they falsely inflate prices and sit on vacant properties. And then we give them tax write offs that cost Kansas City hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s the state of OUR city.”
Elyshya Miller, a grassroots leader with KC Tenants, said, “We face an undeniable moral crisis. The state of OUR city? It’s evicted. It’s homeless. It’s displaced. It’s discarded. It’s SOLD OUT. But it’s also FED UP. It’s defiant. It’s ORGANIZING FOR CHANGE.”
“We can’t wait another eight years. We can’t wait until another 75 THOUSAND of us KC Tenants are evicted. Guess what? We have a plan,” said Brett Clement, a grassroots leader with KC Tenants, “In the last month, KC Tenants has spoken with over 9000 potential voters in Kansas City. On Saturday we are having a mass canvass. We will knock doors all over the city, talking to another 3000 voters at least. I’ll be voting as a tenant, using the KC Tenants in Action voter guide, which is available on our website and written by regular people who are concerned with housing in Kansas City.”
You decide . . .