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Perspectives on Tenant Organizing from the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

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Stabilis Press Conference

Here is  a video with footage from the Stabilis press conference and building tour on December 3rd. Letitia “Tish” James, who will become our Public Advocate in just a few days, spoke beautiful words of solidarity with the tenants. Tenants spoke about the hardships and appalling conditions they have endured while living in a building with a negligent landlord. Then the tenants lead a tour of the apartments to show some of these conditions. Please watch and share!

A Farewell Poem

The files are all transferred, the loose ends all tied up
I’ve parted ways with tenants, and tonight we’ll toast a full cup
To my wonderful year with UHAB, which today will sadly end
But the housing fight continues until the banks are forced to bend

I thank you faithful readers for giving us your time
And hope you’ve learned a thing or two bout organizing on a dime
This year we’ve had our share of ups and downs and in betweens
But as the tenants grow even stronger we know we can only succeed

Before this job I theorized about the trials of movement building
But this year I stood on the ground, chanting and poster wielding

Where I go from here is still unclear, but there’s one thing I know for sure
I’ll carry this experience with me; my conviction is deep and pure.

Housing is a human right! We won’t let you forget
That tenants have a voice and we won’t quit til needs are met!

I’ll sign off here and send my love to allies far and wide
Keep pushing, keep believing, because justice is on our side!

-Avital Aboody

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