Thursday, July 30, 2020
TKC MUST SEE!!! KC TENANTS DISRUPT JACKSON COUNTY EVICTION DOCKET AS PROTESTERS SUFFER TEMP ARREST!!!
The threat of evictions looms not only in Kansas City but across the nation as restrictions have been lifted but the economic impact of coronavirus continues. Today, in a raucous protest, local activists ramped up their demonstrations with organized opposition targeting the Jackson County Courthouse.
Remember we talked about this demonstration earlier in the week and now it's news fact . . .
Context that's sympathetic to the plight of protesters:
Jackson County’s moratorium for evictions expired on May 31 and around 1,000 evictions have been heard by the courts since. Some hearings occur at the courthouse, putting people at risk to COVID-19.
Not so fun fact . . .
"The federal eviction moratorium expired last week, but Jackson County’s eviction moratorium expired earlier on May 31. KC Tenants says about 1000 evictions have been heard by the courts since then."
Members of KC Tenants are demanding Jackson County Courts halt evictions during the health crisis.
“Many people after months of joblessness, under mountains of debt, Americans are still expected to pay their rent and mortgage,” one activist said.
Their declaration that started the torrent . . .
"Today our leaders shut down all four Jackson County, Missouri eviction dockets, in person AND on the phone. On an average week, anywhere between 150-200 cases are heard or tried on these dockets. Since June 1, the courts have heard/tried approx 1600+ eviction cases."
In front of the covered up statue of Prez Andrew Jackson . . .
Perspective on the arrest drama . . .
"Two of our leaders, both Black women, were arrested and are being held. They haven't been allowed a phone call, and the jails are giving us the runaround, not allowing us to post bail. We will be outside the jail until our people are free."
"**UPDATE: 2 of our freedom fighters have been arrested and are being transferred to Jackson county corrections on 13th and locust!!! We are mobilizing to the jail now. Show up for support! Bring yourself, a friend, masks, phone chargers, water, snacks, an umbrella or two!**
"END EVICTIONS OR PEOPLE DIE @ JACKSON COUNTY COURT HOUSE"
Reasoning for the arrest:
In a statement, a Jackson County District Court spokesperson said protesters chanted over the judge, plaintiffs and defendants, interfering with the rights of others, including tenants."Those persons who disrupted today’s court proceedings, although ultimately unsuccessful in their attempt to keep the hearings from occurring, actually interfered with the rights of the parties who were attempting to participate in those proceedings – including attorneys who were there representing the rights of the very tenants for whom those protesters were purportedly advocating,"
Aftermath of the arrest posted just now . . .
Last word for now . . .
Jackson County declares it will keep eviction courts open despite protester demands.
Developing . . .