In March, we were told to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus. But for many of us, secure housing was not a given even before COVID. Now, for months we have struggled to pay rent, at no fault of our own, while the government fails to provide us with any meaningful protection. In the middle of a global pandemic people like us are still being forced from our homes every single day. And that ain’t right.
It is up to us to protect one another by taking direct action to stop evictions in our communities.
The Anti-Eviction Project believes that evictions aren’t limited to formal eviction filings in courts. Instead, when we say “eviction” we mean any action taken by a landlord to force a person to move. Some examples: raising the rent every single year, refusing to renew the lease, not maintaining the property, threats. These are all tactics that landlords use to evict tenants without having to use the legal process, and to us these all count as evictions.
We are stronger together than we are as individuals. When we take direct action, together, we can win what we need. Direct action sometimes means that we bring our crisis to the people who have the power to do something about it. Other times, direct action means we take matters into our own hands and just do what we need to do to take care of our families.
Examples of direct action to stop evictions:
The Homes Guarantee Campaign at People’s Action is led by tenants, unhoused people, and public housing residents organizing for safe, sustainable, and permanently affordable homes for all. The Homes Guarantee calls for 12 million new units of social housing, a national tenants’ bill of rights, and a permanent end to homelessness.
Unemployed Workers United is building the largest poor and working-class coalition to lead a movement that organizes for economic equality, claims back our dignity, and fights for healthcare, education, and basic human rights.
The Root Cause Research Center (RCRC) is an abolitionist, grassroots-led institution in the American South that brings together impacted community members and trains them in community organizing, research, and design.
The The Houston Organizing Movement for Equity (HOME) Coalition is a diverse coalition of community-based organizations in Texas. Our shared mission is to make Houston stronger, more resilient, and more equitable in the long road to recovery from Hurricane Harvey.
The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action is a grassroots, member-led, statewide community organization working with more than 15,000 members across California to raise up the voices of low income, immigrant and working families across California.
The New York Communities for Change (NYCC) leads "know your rights" trainings and a rapid response program to protect our communities against deportations, police brutality and evictions to organize in low-income and middle income neighborhoods.