Hosted by the Housing Justice League
We call on all Atlantan’s and beyond to join us for a day of action against mass displacement of our residents and the gentrification of our communities. Join us September 22nd at 6:30pm at Woodruff park and we rally and March to the Fulton County Courthouse and the County Commissioners office. The march will be led by Atlanta residents who have experienced are in the process of experiencing the eviction process in Fulton County.
Atlanta has been declared to be in a renter’s state of emergency and the time to act is now. Right now in Fulton County the number of evictions has dramatically spiked to 500 a week! Many of those evictions are as a result of arbitrary rent increases that often come with no changes intenant amenities. The eviction process in Fulton County is not only cruel, its decades behind the rest of the country. During eviction court in Fulton, which happens twice a week, Judges sign off on an average of one eviction per minute. A whole sickening economy has developed around the eviction process in our county with over 10 3rd party eviction corporations thriving off the crisis.
We call on the Fulton County Commission to take immediate action to change the eviction process in Fulton County. The following recommendations are working in other parts of the country, they are not revolutionary proposals but they would make the eviction process more humane and less difficult to bounce back for tenants in hardship. These changes are but a step in the right direction.
1. Scheduled Evictions
Many counties and states around the country schedule evictions. We already know that evictors have to schedule eviction with moving companies, why not schedule evictions with the resident. As things stand now residents are subject to a knock on the door at any hour. Scheduled evictions allow residents the final reminder of the coming crisis at hand and gives them a last chance to secure their own belongings.
2. No evictions after hours
After hours evictions can leave families with nowhere to go, no truck to rent, no storage facility to move things into. We know after hours evictions have been facilitated in DeKalb County. This is a cruel practice that no family should be subjected to. We ask that you commit to making evictions outside the hours of 9am-4pm against DeKalb County policy
3. No evictions during extreme weather
Going through the evictions process means immediate homelessness for some, it also means all of your life belongings are put out on the street in the elements. Many counties will not do evictions in freezing, raining, or 100 degree weather.
4. Costs paid by the evictor or a cap of public spending
Evictions can bring an enormous cost the county. The banks and private equity groups that do most of the evicting make an enormous profit. In many counties the evictor pays for the process, in some cases counties put a cap on what they will pay for.
5. Relocation and 30 days storage for belongings
One of the most dehumanizing parts of the eviction process is having your things dumped in the front yard. Not only are families immediately faced with the prospect of having nowhere to go, they also have to protect their belongings. Furthermore this process is bad for the whole community, effecting the financial and spiritual value of the neighborhood. Many counties, and some states, require the evictor to pay property to be moved to a storage facility for at 30 days.
6. Handle belongings with care
Often times peoples belongings are destroyed or stolen during the eviction process. We hope that as Sheriff you are able to facilitate stringer accountability for your constituent’s belongings during the eviction process.
7. Referrals for housing services
Many facing evictions have now where to go. As a point of policy it would be fairly simple to provide those being evicted with a comprehensive list of service providers in the area. Often time’s people are given assistance finding temporary shelter for their animal but no assistance finding temporary shelter for themselves, this should change immediately.
Come for an update on the Fight for $15 National Moral Day of Action, hear from some of our worker leaders and find out about upcoming Fight for $15 events and actions. During this meeting we'd also like to learn about the transformative work other organizations are doing and seek opportunities for further collaboration and coalition.
Free Parking | Refreshments will be served
"Please plan to attend the next End New Jim Crow Education Meeting on September 14 at 7 pm to learn more about what we each can do to advocate for fair and impartial policing locally. We will meet at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, at Cliff Valley Way and the northbound I-85 access road between Druid Hills Road (exit 89) and Clairmont Road (exit 91). The main entrance is off of the I-85 access road.
Our speaker will be attorney, Sarah Walton, who will share resources from a toolkit she is developing for individuals and groups to use to learn more about the police policies, training, and practices in local communities to increase the safety for all. For examples using the suggestions in the toolkit, community members can obtain and review local police agency standards and training records and compare them with various model policies and training programs as well as, learn how to engage in community meetings and dialogues about police standards, training, transparency and accountability, especially with respect to racial profiling and the use of force.
Ii hope to see many of you there.
Karen Morris, Damon Stewart, Dr. Jean Kennedy
for ENJC Education committee"
Recent delegates from the Interfaith Peace-Builders Indigenous and People of Color delegation and others, join Palestinian human rights defenders from Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel / English and Palestine Legal to share reflections and updates from the ground. Join in a community discussion on joint-struggle and key challenges for Palestine advocates in the US.
Transform Westside will present "draft" recommendations for the "revitalization" of neighborhoods on the Atlanta Westside (English Avenue, Vine City, Ashview Heights / Washington Park, the Atlanta University Center, and the "Mims Park" Area / Boone Corridor). It is imperative that we, the community, attend and have a voice in the future of our neighborhoods.
This meeting will include:
-an update on the Fight for $15 national convention from some of our worker leaders
-information on upcoming events/actions we'll be hosting in Atlanta over the next couple of months
During this meeting we'd also like to learn about the transformative work your organization is doing and to seek opportunities for further collaboration and coalition.
We will gather to demand the indictment of former APD officer James Burns for the killing of DeRavis "Caine" Rogers.
This 24 hour community gathering will begin August 30th at 7:30 PM and conclude August 31st 7:30pm at Fulton County Courthouse.
Organized by Create Community 4 Decatur: Black Lives Matter
With guest speaker Dr. Carstarphen, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.
"As vested community stakeholders, we must protect ALL of the children residing within the Washington Cluster and continue to hold APS and our elected officials accountable for addressing the equity issues within the system.
Please invite a Parent, a grandparent, a friend, a neighbor, even a high school student. We all need to unite to ensure that our students have the best education they deserve."-WCAG
APD is hosting an Open Mic Night for the residents in Zone 2 and Zone 5 (Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead). Come with your questions and comments! Demand police transparency and accountability!
GA State Senator Fort and Senator Horacena Tate will discuss the MLK Narrowing Project at West Side Commurimty CME Church.
The Atlanta BeltLine is segmented into five (5) geographical planning study areas: Northside, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Westside. Meetings are held in each Study Group and are scheduled as needed to address matters of relevance to those communities - topics can include anything from planning to design to construction updates to social impacts.The Atlanta BeltLine is segmented into five (5) geographical planning study areas: Northside, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Westside. Meetings are held in each Study Group and are scheduled as needed to address matters of relevance to those communities - topics can include anything from planning to design to construction updates to social impacts.
Join Atlanta's Fight For 15 family at their community cook-out Saturday August 6,2016 at Washington Park
ATLisREADY invites the Atlanta movement community out to participate in a movement building meeting Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 from 7-9pm. This meeting will help in the successful development of the #ATLisREADY collective space.
Plan Westside is the leading foundation for potential gentrification on the west side of the city. Initiated by the Westside Future Fund, the aim is to develop a "land-use map" that will identify key areas for "development." Meet us at the meeting to make sure Black communities are prioritized. #ATLisREADY to stop displacement.
Join the Stanton Oaks Tenant Association for a community fundraiser. SOTA is an affiliate of The Housing Justice League and is organizing for affordable and quality housing. Help make sure their work continues to make change!