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CarsonWatch is proud to support a Summer of grassroots actions led by renters, public housing tenants, and housing justice organizations. Get involved, and stay informed, by signing up for CarsonWatch updates.

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Please share your actions by contacting info@carsonwatch.org.


Online Petition: MHAction has launched a petition calling on the Trump Administration and Members of Congress to fight against the proposed cuts to the HUD budget and invest in our families ability to access affordable food, housing and healthcare. MHAction is a national, constituency led organization of manufactured homeowners fighting back against the takeover of manufactured housing communities by Wall Street Private Equity firms whose business model is ravaging the economic security of thousands of manufactured home owners.


Online Petition:  Tell Trump And Congressional Representatives: No HUD Cuts

Sign this petition launched by Community Voices Heard. The demands:

1. Stop Trump’s proposed $7 Billion cut to Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
2. Full funding of Public housing, Section 8, and other federal programs that support low income tenants and home buyers,
3. End federal guarantees of Blackstone and other private equity landlords
4. Expand permanent affordable housing to meet the need and create necessary revenue through taxing real estate speculation and luxury developers


September 18-23, 2017 – Renter Week Of Action

Housing is a human right, but it won’t come without a fight!

From September 18 – 23, 2017 we’ll rise up in the largest mobilization of it’s kind for the Renters Week of Action and Political Education. In cities across the country we’re planning to organize bold and escalated action targeting HUD, corporate landlords & developers and our city and state governments to call for:

* Universal Rent Control and a freeze on ALL unjust evictions!
* Community control over land and housing in our communities
* The right of all tenants to organize and bargain collectively
* Full funding for HUD and an end to Wall Street giveaways.

Then, immediately following the actions, we’re planning to hold public political education events and assemblies throughout the weekend of September 22-24th to bring thousands of new renters and supporters together to learn together, envision a world without displacement and with homes for all people and to join the movement to fight for housing as a human right and community control of land & housing.

Take the pledge: http://bit.ly/RWAPLEDGE

Every day millions of us are struggling to find affordable housing, facing enormous rent increases and being forced from our homes by unjust evictions. Every day we experience the violent impacts of gentrification as we see our neighbors displaced, the grocery store on the corner turned into luxury lofts, and our communities and cultures disregarded. As federal authorities threaten to cut almost $7 billion from Housing & Urban Development, corporate and Wall Street landlords get government subsidies to buy up our communities for pennies on the dollar.

Corporate landlords think they can steal our cultures, devour our paychecks, deny our humanity, push us out of our neighborhoods and turn our cities into playgrounds for the wealthy. They can’t, they won’t and it’s up to us to stop them!

Together the renter nation-more than 110 million people strong- can become powerful beyond our wildest dreams. Already renters are rising up to organizing tenant unions, winning rent control campaigns and building community land trusts, and standing up to predatory development and building communities that actually work for our people. We know that the only way to gain access to safe, quality and affordable homes for all is to demand that decisions made about our communities are made BY our communities, not wealthy investors.

The Renters Week of Action is being organized by the national Homes For All campaign, Right To The City and being supported by Carson Watch.

Homes For All is a trans-local national housing justice movement bringing together public and private housing renters, low-income homeowners and houseless families in a unified fight for housing as a human right and community control of land & housing.” Learn more and take the pledge to join Homes For All at www.HomesForAll.org/Pledge.


Take Action! Use August Recess to Meet with Your Members of Congress In-District

Members of Congress will be home through Labor Day.
Reach out and schedule a visit!

Congress will be in recess from through Labor Day. Now is the perfect time to schedule an in-district meeting or site visit with your federal lawmakers to educate them about the importance of affordable housing and how potential budget cuts will hurt people with low incomes.

Here are some resources you can use:

  • Summer 2017 Issues Guide: Top five critical issues before Congress.
  • Resources from the Our Homes, Our Voices campaign: Resources include talking points, sample op-eds, tweets, and how-to guides for setting up in-district meetings and site visits.
  • Town Halls: Check out townhallproject.com to see if your lawmakers are holding town hall meetings you can attend. Learn more and find questions to ask here.

Get Involved – Hold Secretary Carson Accountable

Housing is a fundamental right. Americans rely on the Housing and Urban Development Department to keep a stable roof over their heads in times of need. HUD-funding
brings parks, community centers, and vital services to our neighborhoods. We all have something at stake.

Protect housing in your community by getting educated and taking action. Here’s what you can do to hold President Trump and Secretary Carson accountable:


Past Actions

July 6: #NoCuts National Day of Action.
On July 6th, tenants across the country will say End Housing Inequality Now! We are encouraging tenants who rely on HUD to put a roof over their heads to target their local Congress Member or HUD office and demand #NoCuts to our housing programs.

  • Don’t Let Trump Get Away With Massive Housing Cuts!
  • Make Congress Fully Fund Public Housing, Section 8 and other People’s Housing Programs
  • Stop Federal Giveaways to Wall Street Landlords

For more information, email Jason Schwartz and Gabriel Strachota or visit
Community Voices Heard.


July 12: #NoCuts National Day of Action in Washington, D.C.
On July 12, 2017, we’re uniting in Washington D.C. for the Tenant March on Washington.

Trump has officially declared his war on the poor. Tenants all over the United States are threatened by his administration’s proposed $7 billion cuts to federal housing programs.

While Wall Street and private equity are buying our communities and forcing families out on the street, Trump is aiding their takeover.

Rent increases will mean an average increase of over $100 per month for these households, who earn approximately $21,000 a year post taxes. While Trump makes major cuts to housing, he’s giving out huge tax breaks to Wall St. This isn’t right.

It’s not only an insult to our poorest communities to defund housing programs while giving billions of dollars in tax breaks to Wall St. — it’s immoral and unjust. The fight for housing is a fight for human rights, dignity, and justice. We call on all tenants, housing advocates, and all defenders of human rights to join us in Washington D.C. on July 12.

Sponsored by: Community Voices Heard, NY Communities for Change, Center for Popular Democracy, People’s Action, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, MH Action, Right To The City Alliance, Homes For All, City Life/Vida Urbana

For more information, visit NYCC on Facebook.


July 21: Defend Our Housing, Our Right to Exist in Our Communities & Oppose Trump’s Racist Wall in San Francisco

“Join us for a Homeless People’s Popular Assembly, Music, Art, and a Celebration of our combined Stregnths! We will meet at Civic Center at 4pm!

No Wall, Housing for All!”

 

July 22-29: Our Homes, Our Voices National Week of Action

LIFT YOUR VOICE TO PROTECT OUR HOMES AND COMMUNITIES: Join advocates from across the country in calling for greater investments in affordable homes and in our communities.

Sponsored by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
More information here, and check the list of actions planned in your city or state here.
Considering an event in your community? Contact ourhomes@nlihc.org!