AUSTIN: Jumpolin Party Shop Announces Closure of Storefront, Issues Call to Resist Gentrification

Photo: Current Jumpolin Piñata Store location at 2605 E Cesar Chavez in East Austin. By Mike Talavera The Jumpolin Piñata Store, a staple of the East Austin community for over 10 years, announced the closure of its storefront this morning. The statement posted to social media was signed by the owners, the Lejarazu family, and unapologetically blamed gentrification for the store’s demise. Despite the sad … Continue reading AUSTIN: Jumpolin Party Shop Announces Closure of Storefront, Issues Call to Resist Gentrification

OAKLAND: Militarized, Pre-Dawn Police Operation Evicts Black Mothers Occupying Investor Property

Photo: Oakland Police Department operation to evict Moms 4 Housing from investor-owned property (From Moms 4 Housing Instagram) By Sandra Harris Before dawn on Tuesday, Oakland police evicted and arrested two women associated with the group Moms 4 Housing along with two supporters. The group was formed in November after two mothers and their children moved into a vacant house in West Oakland owned by … Continue reading OAKLAND: Militarized, Pre-Dawn Police Operation Evicts Black Mothers Occupying Investor Property

LOS ANGELES: Tenants and Activists Protest at Slumlords House

Photo: Activists and Tenants protest outside the home of slumlord Charles Quarles By Felipe Vera On January 12, Tenants and activists from Serve the People-Los Angeles’ 28th St. Barrio Committee held a demonstration in front of the slumlord Charles Quarles’ home. Right before Christmas on December 23, the tenants of the 28th St. Barrio Committee received a “pay or quit notice,” demanding that they pay … Continue reading LOS ANGELES: Tenants and Activists Protest at Slumlords House

OXNARD: Southern California Activists Host Anti-Gentrification Event

Photo: Attendees listen to a presentation on the revolutionary movement against gentrification By Felipe Vera On January 4, the Los Angeles Incendiary Support Committee and Oxnard Revolutionary Study Group (OxRevStudy) held an anti-gentrification event in Oxnard, California. They also hosted a speaker from Defend Boyle Heights (DBH), a revolutionary anti-gentrification organization based in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Nearly all the seats were … Continue reading OXNARD: Southern California Activists Host Anti-Gentrification Event

LOS ANGELES: Fundraiser for Tenants Resisting Displacement Receives Strong Community Support

Photo: Activists and community members rally around tenants facing eviction with sidewalk fundraiser By Audrey Hellenbrecht Last Saturday, a sidewalk lunch fundraiser was held in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles to provide support for two working-class, immigrant tenants in an effort to alleviate their medical and utility bills as they struggle against the property management company trying to evict them. Carlos and Lourde’s struggle has received … Continue reading LOS ANGELES: Fundraiser for Tenants Resisting Displacement Receives Strong Community Support

PITTSBURGH: Slumlords and Residents Clash Over Housing Conditions in Homewood

Photo: Homewood row houses owned by the Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation (AHRCO) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By Samantha Murray Over the past several months, at least six tenants of the Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation (AHRCO) in the Black working-class neighborhood of Homewood have come forward reporting neglected repairs and harassment from AHRCO staff.  Anger has boiled over into actions taken at the leasing office, including large … Continue reading PITTSBURGH: Slumlords and Residents Clash Over Housing Conditions in Homewood

VIDEO: Speeches at Vigil for Veneranda Martinez in Austin

The above video showcases speeches from the night of Veneranda Martinez’s vigil in Montopolis. A working mother of three, Veneranda was killed by her estranged husband recently after repeatedly having called for police protection to no avail; her funeral was Thursday morning. During these speeches, the officiating priest and nonprofit representatives made calls for peace and respecting the authority of the police, whereas representatives from … Continue reading VIDEO: Speeches at Vigil for Veneranda Martinez in Austin