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What’s Next For Housing Justice In Chicago?
April 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Last month in neighborhoods across the city, an overwhelming majority of Chicagoans voted in favor of lifting the ban on rent control. Over half of Chicago renters spend more than a third of their income on rent. Neighborhoods everywhere are seeing extreme displacement and gentrification. Public housing is being destroyed. Homelessness is continuously increasing as is the harassment of tent encampments. Meanwhile the rich are seeing extraordinary profits from speculation and increasing housing costs. Tifs are subsidizing luxury apartments and enormous subsidies are being offered to Amazon. Housing has become one of the main sources of inequality under capitalism today. Consequently, it has become one of the prime sites of class warfare.
Join activists from every corner of the city to discuss how to fight back. What’s next after the election? What other demands should be on the table in our fight for housing justice? What kind of struggles are taking place in various neighborhoods? Come to discuss, learn and strategize ways forward.
Andy Thayer of Uptown Tent City Organizers
Moises Moreno of Pilsen Alliance
Loreen Targos of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America and a member of the Lift the Ban Campaign
Jawanza Malone of Kenwood Oakland Community Organization and a leader of the Obama Library CBA Coalition
Moderated by Robin Peterson of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America and Solidarity
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America’s Housing Working Group
The Chicago Branch of Solidarity