Monday, July 27, 2020
KANSAS CITY PROTEST AGAINST EVICTIONS COMING SOON!!!
As politicos work out the deets for desperately desired/needed/demanded federal stimulus . . . Here's a glimpse at local protesters mobilizing against the rent.
KC Tenants: Rally to End Evictions
"The rent is due again on August 1. Hundreds of thousands of Missouri tenants won’t be able to pay. Over 361,000 Missouri rental households are currently unable to make rent and are at risk of eviction. That’s almost 50% of all Missouri renters. Over the next four months, an estimated 243,000 evictions will be filed across Missouri, as a result of the job loss and lack of government protections throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
"Here in KC, our Jackson County eviction moratorium expired May 31, and about 1000 evictions have been heard by the courts since then. Hearings are happening in person (putting people at risk of COVID) and by teleconference (violating due process). As always, most of the evictions are being filed in Black and brown neighborhoods, reinforcing decades of racial capitalism, designed to neglect, exploit, and oppress.
"Eviction is already a fundamentally traumatic event, both a cause and a condition of poverty, and the pandemic adds yet more anguish. Some people will move into motels, shelters, their cars, and double up in other housing units. Others will end up on the streets. All of these circumstances pose great risks to people, especially as COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the state. Let us be clear: evictions will be a death sentence for our most vulnerable neighbors.
"Join us to say HELL NO to evictions in Kansas City. Join us to stand in radical solidarity with leaders in our base and throughout the city who are facing eviction right now. You know the chant that goes "if we don't get it, shut it down" ? Join us to shut this violent process down.
"Wear a mask and keep a safe distance."
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