Saturday, August 15, 2020
KANSAS CITY SATURDAY QUESTION: ALL EVICTIONS ARE AN ACT OF VIOLENCE?!?!?
And so the rent/housing crisis restarts in Kansas City and across the nation . . . We pick out the most provocative talking point from local activists, share more resources and ask our blog community . . . Are evictions really an act of violence???
KC Tenants Argue Against Eviction . . .
KC Tenants arrived on the scene as a Sheriff and a representative of Reliable Properties pounded on Krisi’s door. They made a plan: they would call animal control to take her dog and deem it “abandoned” while the landlord’s representative would change the locks. The plan meant that when Krisi got home from work, she would be locked out of her own home-- without her clothes, medicine, food, important paperwork, and without her dog.
“Not my problem she doesn’t have anywhere to go.”
“She can go screw someone else out of rent.”
“People are so privileged these days, just look at the Democratic Party.”
“My heart doesn’t bleed for these people.”
These are just some of the comments made by the landlord’s representative as he executed the eviction.
Ultimately, because KC Tenants was there in solidarity and filmed the interaction once Krisi arrived, she was able to remove her most important belongings. But a police officer told her to “bust a move,” intent on finishing the job. The Sheriff berated her, telling her she was trespassing as she packed up her children’s clothes.
On Tuesday morning Krisi started her journey as a homeless single mother. She is now spending almost $600/week to live in an extended stay hotel near her job.
ALL EVICTIONS ARE AN ACT OF VIOLENCE. With every eviction we allow right now, we are saying we believe landlords’ profits are more important than people’s lives. And that ain’t right . . .
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VOA: Evictions Across US Raise Concerns About Voting Process
KSN: ‘Rent must be paid’: Eviction moratoriums expiring
CNET: There's no eviction moratorium, sorry: Trump's executive order can't keep you from getting evicted now
You decide . . .