Solidarity: Activists Arrested Trying To Stop Eviction Of Addison Family

30 07 2011

Note: The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Chicago

July 29, 2011 1:57 PM – CBS Local Chicago

ADDISON, Ill. (CBS) — An Addison mother and three sons are being evicted from their home, and some activists are trying to prevent it.

In so doing, five of those activists found themselves in the back of a police car.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, DuPage County sheriff’s police arrested five members of the Anti-Eviction Campaign, including the spokeswoman, Holly Trig, who is six months pregnant.

The homeowner, Luz Smedbron, and her children had agreed to leave the home at 200 N. Maple St., which was lost to foreclosure and later sold at an auction. Read the rest of this entry »

Solidarity: In the U.S., Take Back the Land begins May Month of Action

7 05 2010

May 3, 2010
For immediate release

Groups Take Back the Land During May 2010 Month of Action

May 3, 2010- Today, the Take Back the Land Movement (TBLM, announced a May 2010 Month of Action in direct response to the ongoing economic and housing crisis. The month of action commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first Civil rights era sit-ins in Greensboro, NC. Thousands from across the country will participate in “live-ins” to demand the fundamental human right to housing. Groups in over a dozen cities across the country will move families into vacant government-owned and foreclosed homes, without permission, or physically defend families from eviction and foreclosure.

The objective of the coordinated civil disobedience campaigns is to build a national movement to elevate housing to the level of a human right and gain community control over land.

“We are defending families facing eviction and moving homeless people into people-less homes,” said Max Rameau of Take Back the Land-Miami. “While banks enjoy bailouts, executive bonuses and record profits, human beings and entire communities are suffering. The government does not appear interested in helping poor people, so we have no other choice.”

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Fighting Evictions and Taking Back the Land

27 03 2010

Café Society will meet at Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday, March 17.

Special guest Frank Edwards, a Rogers Park anti-eviction activist and ally to the Anti-Eviction Campaign, will kick-off this intimate, facilitated discussion.

The number of families displaced by foreclosure continues to grow. “Chicago weathered a third year of economic turmoil in 2009 with an average of one new foreclosure filing every 22 minutes,” according to a report released by the organizing, policy, research, and training group National People’s Action. Read the rest of this entry »

Eviction is for black women what incarceration is to black men

3 02 2010

Jan. 27 2010 – 1:00 pm – Megan Cottrell – TrueSlant

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Among young black men in America, about 10 percent are currently incarcerated. It’s shocking, but we’ve almost grown used to it.

But while those young men are in prison, what’s happening to their wives, girlfriends, mothers and sisters?

Eviction. A new study coming out of Milwaukee shows that eviction is for black women what incarceration is for black men. One in 20 households there are evicted every year. In predominately black communities, that rate doubles to 1 in 10 families.

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Reportback from Chicago Anti-Eviction Town Hall

3 02 2010

Cabrini Green Town Hall

Over 150 people packed into the Park Community Church near Cabrini Green on Thursday night for a Town Hall Against Displacement and Evictions. While most of those in attendance were residents of Cabrini Green, many supporters from around the city were also in attendance to show solidarity. Dozens of people got up to share their own experiences with evictions, mistreatment by management, displacement, police harassment and many other issues. As sad and infuriating as many stories were, a common thread of inspiration ran through the evening as every speaker pledged to fight back and join together. As one woman who was evicted from Cabrini Green and now lives in a nursing home said, “I don’t care how, I’m going home. Steel doors can’t hold me back from my community.”

The town halls are going to continue as weekly or bi-weekly events to build momentum and organization for the Anti-Eviction Campaign in partnership with the Cabrini Green LAC. The crowd pledged to support an action next Thursday by Anti-Eviction Campaign member group Southside Together Organizing for Power, who is protesting at the City Plan Commission meeting against slumlord Leon Finney, Jr.’s disrespect, neglect and intimidation of tenants of the Kimbark Tenants Association in Woodlawn. The action will start at 12:30pm on the second floor of City Hall (121 N. LaSalle) Thursday January 21st.

While the momentum is strong, at the end of the day Lenise is still homeless and 50 other families at Cabrini Green may soon join her if the powers that be have their way. It is up to all of us not to let them. Get involved in the Anti-Eviction campaign by emailing

Can the Chicago Anti-Eviction campaign work?

9 01 2010

Jan. 8 2010 – 1:43 pm – Megan Cottrell – TrueSlant

Lenise's door, boarded up, and marked with a "No Tresspassing" Sign. Lenise Forrest was evicted from her home in the Cabrini Rowhouses on Tuesday for non-payment of rent. Lenise’s door, boarded up, and marked with a “No Tresspassing” Sign. Lenise Forrest was evicted from her home in the Cabrini Rowhouses on Tuesday for non-payment of rent, 10 months after she was laid off.

Right now, a dedicated group of volunteers and organizers are working to stop the poor from being thrown out in the cold.

The Chicago Anti-Eviction campaign started with Lenise Forrest, a Cabrini-Green woman who’s been unemployed for some time and was evicted Tuesday because she can’t pay her rent.

The Anti-Eviction campaign wants to keep Lenise and the hundreds like her in their homes.

Their slogan: Where’s our bailout? Read the rest of this entry »

Launch of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign a success

19 11 2009

Hi friends,

The eviction blockade was a big success, thanks to everyone who turned out. But the struggle is far from over for Lenise and the rest of the families facing eviction this holiday season. Though CHA had indicated on Tuesday that they would ask management to work out a payment plan, now they are denying this and we may have to set the blockade back up at a moment’s notice.

How you can help:

  • Call the Chicago Housing Authority at (312) 742-8500 (press 1 then 0 to get an operator and ask for Lewis Jordan) and saying “I support Lenise Forrest, stop her from being evicted from 933 N. Cambridge by making management set up a payment plan now!” Read the rest of this entry »

Where’s the bailout for the poor?

18 11 2009

Nov. 17 2009 – 3:04 pm – True Slant

Fifty people gathered around  Lenise Forrest’s home in the Cabrini rowhouses, asking a very pertinent question: “Where’s our bailout?”

They gathered to stop Lenise from being evicted and to start a new movement – the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. They say they’re going to stop any eviction in the city that’s happening because of a person’s economic means. The rich got bailed out, they say. We will not be put out.

The sheriff was supposed to come at 9 a.m., but he never came. Word among volunteers was that the press attention had scared him off. Perhaps tomorrow. But hopefully, a settlement will be reached before then.
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Media: Residents and supporters set up eviction blockade at Cabrini Green

18 11 2009

Tenants: Evictions in the midst of bank bail-outs and economic crisis are unacceptable and immoral

by Willie J.R. Fleming and Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle – SF Bay View

When the Cook County Sheriff’s Department arrives to evict Cabrini Green resident Lenise Forrest and her family Tuesday morning, they will be confronted and prevented from doing so by residents and supporters from around the city. Lenise Forrest has been a resident of Cabrini Green for 19 years. She has worked in the community for 12 years, including three years working for Holsten Development moving residents into the new mixed-income community. Now she is about to be moved out – onto the street. Read the rest of this entry »

Eviction Blockade at Cabrini Green (Chicago) Tuesday

17 11 2009

17 November 2009

Note: AEC coordinator, Ashraf Cassiem, will be with the Chicago AEC supporting the anti-eviction action inspired by our work in Cape Town

Friends: Please spread the word far and wide. We are kicking off the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign this Tuesday with an eviction blockade to stop Lenise Forrest and her family from being evicted from Cabrini Green for owing back rent. She had a payment plan under previous management but the new management has refused to recognize it and is trying to put her out on the street. She is appealing the eviction but the Sheriff is still scheduled to evict her Tuesday morning.

Please come out and support! If you can’t come please donate food, hot chocolate, or money. A press release and a flier are attached. Here’s the 4-1-1:

What: Human blockade to stop Sheriff from carrying out eviction
When: Tuesday Nov. 17th – 9:00am
Where: 933 N. Cambridge St., Cabrini Green Row Houses (just north of Chicago Ave, a few blocks East of Halsted)
Who: Cabrini Green residents and supporters from across the city

Southside Together Organizing for Power
813 E.63rd Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60637


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