Connecting labor and foreclosed home occupations – Sat, Feb 11 @ 1pm

WHAT: Labor and neighborhood meeting to liberate vacant, foreclosed homes
WHEN: Saturday, February 11 at 1pm
WHERE: Rogers Park Community House, 7463 N. Ridge


People are fighting back
against a housing market that’s evicting homeowners and tenants from the communities where they live and work. We are working with more and more families occupying their homes, more and more tenants occupying foreclosed units now owned by the banks, and more and more families liberating abandoned, foreclosed homes.

Workers are fighting back against a jobs market that’s getting in the way of the work that our communities need.

We want to create a network and alternative to these markets that are getting in the way of our rights and our needs…

We need support from labor
to repair homes in our neighborhoods, and to help us create a bailout for the people, a reinvestment in our communities, and a moratorium on all foreclosures and unjust evictions. Join us on February 11th at 1pm to discuss how workers and neighbors can together reclaim our neighborhoods from the banks!


Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction
We are members of various communities in and around Chicago who fight to keep people in their homes, and to claim land for people who are homeless. We believe housing is a human right. We believe in using any means necessary to keep our communities intact and keep people in their homes, including legal strategies; informing the media of our struggles; and using direct action (such as demonstrations and occupations of living spaces) — whatever it takes to keep our communities together, and to claim the land for ourselves and future generations.

Communities United seeks “Foreclosure and Eviction-Free Zone”

Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction is circulating an electronic petition (as well as paper ones) to create a Foreclosure and Eviction-Free Zone in the City of Chicago.

The current housing crisis is taking a toll on our families and our communities. Mass displacement due to foreclosures and evictions are being seen and felt by communities across the country. We believe that only a movement of people directly and indirectly affected can stop the crisis. Our goal is simple: Creating a people’s alternative to the current situation by ensuring that the threat of unjust foreclosure and eviction is lifted, that loan modifications promised by banks actually materialize, and by ensuring that the homes of residents and community members are not auctioned off or sold as “investments” – which add to the number of vacant and untended homes we see everyday.

Who We Are: Residents and community members of Rogers Park and other Chicago community areas – families and individuals, workers, taxpayers, consumers.

What We Want: A “People’s Bailout” in the form of a moratorium on all home foreclosures and unjust evictions in our communities. (The banks already got their multi-billion dollar bailout and still failed to work with homeowners in distress.)

Why? Housing is a human right – and is one of the three basic needs (food, clothing, and shelter) required for survival. Vacant and abandoned homes and apartments tear down the community by bringing crime, loss of business, and declining property values. We want to strengthen and unify our communities. We want to reinvest in the people and the economic and social life of our communities. ‘Land belongs to the people’ – Emiliano Zapata

Why now? Vacant houses and condos in Chicago amount to more than 12% of the city’s housing stock (US Census). In 2010, Chicago had more than 10,500 foreclosures and 95% of those remain vacant (Rahm Emanuel, press release, August 2011). This year 2012 is projected to bring thousands more evictions and displaced families. With soaring unemployment and record poverty levels, there is no end in sight for this crisis.

Sign up now for MLK Day of Service

During the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, January 15 & 16, Chicagoans are reaching out to help families in foreclosure. Join neighbors and other volunteers to help keep families in their homes by signing up here for the MLK Day of Service.

  * What: Door-to-Door Neighborhood Outreach
* When: Sunday and Monday, Jan. 15-16, 10am – 3pm
* Where: Neighborhoods all over Chicago

In 1966, Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. moved to Chicago’s West Side to help fight against slum conditions and an end to racial discrimination in housing.

Sixty-six years later, Chicago has one of the highest rates of foreclosure in the country because of years of predatory lending, along with the worst economic downturn since the 1930s and the failure of most banks to modify mortgages. This foreclosure crisis has impacted not only homeowners, but renters as well, leaving many homeless and cutting down on the city’s supply of affordable housing. At the same time, tens of thousands of foreclosed homes are left empty, contributing to conditions similar to those Dr. King came to Chicago to fight.

With the help of volunteers like you, we hope to reach as many homeowners and tenants going through foreclosure as possible during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday!

Sunday, January 15th

–     Training begins at 10am, canvassing 11am-3pm     –

Centro Autonomo, 3640 W. Lawrence

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday — Monday, January 16th

      Training begins at 10 am, canvassing 11am-3pm    –
Sankofa Fight Back Center for Human Rights,  1401 E. 75th St        (corner of Dorchester and 75th)

2655 N. Melvina Ave (W of Austin Blvd, S of Diversey)

Third Unitarian Church,  311 N. Mayfield (E of Austin Blvd, S of Lake St.)

–     Training begins at 11am, canvassing noon-3pm      –
* Rogers Park Community House, 7463 N. Ridge