Strategies for Eviction Resistance
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September 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This event will be in person at the People’s Forum and live streamed on our YouTube.
COVID-19 and the consequences of contemporary capitalism has deeply exacerbated the already existing housing crisis in the United States. Researchers say renters in the US owe landlords a collective $20 billion after months of economic instability and disruption caused by COVID. And despite the eviction moratorium, tenants were not protected from their landlords and more than 455,000 evictions occurred across just six states during the pandemic.
Now, as of Aug 26, 2021, the Supreme Court has blocked the Biden administration’s extension of the eviction moratorium. With no rent cancellations in sight, we all sense the horrible scale of the looming eviction crisis.
Join organizers, scholars, and educators from the US and UK, David Harvey, Rebecca Garrard, Savina Martin, and Glyn Robbins as they discuss “Strategies for Eviction Resistance.”
Savina Martin raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts, is an Army Veteran, and over the years has mobilized and organized around the war on drugs affecting homeless men, women and veterans in Boston and San Diego, CA. In 1993, she helped to coordinate resources to refurbish an abandoned “Takeover” home, which today continues to provide refuge for homeless women recovering from addiction. She is currently a member of the Clergy and Veterans Council of the National Union of the Homeless and TriChair of the Massachusetts Poor People Campaign. In 2019 she graduated from Our Lady of the Elms College, MA., with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters. Serves as Trichair Chair of the Massachusetts Poor People Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
Glyn Robbins has worked in, written about, and campaigned on housing for 30 years. For the last 10, he managed a council/public housing estate in north London, during which time he completed a PhD in urban and planning policy. Glyn has a particular interest in comparative US/UK housing and urban policy and since 2019, has been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is in New York City (living in the Bronx), until December 21st as a Fulbright Scholar, attached to the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Centre.
David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has written extensively on the political economy of globalisation, urbanisation, and cultural change. His recent books include Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (Profile Books, 2014) and The Ways of the World (Profile Books, 2016). He contributed the foreword to the Pluto Press edition of The Communist Manifesto (Pluto, 2008; 2017). David Harvey has been teaching Karl Marx’s Capital for over 40 years, including at The People’s Forum!
Rebecca Garrard is the current Legislative Director of Citizen Action of New York and previously served as the Campaign Manager for Housing Justice for the organization. She is also a member of the Coordinate Committee of the New York State Poor People’s Campaign, and serves on their Basebuilding and Campaigns Committee as well. Rebecca is a member of the coordinating team of the Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance/Housing Justice for All Coalition. Rebecca started her career as a labor leader in Dutchess County. There, she organized for racial justice within schools and access to community resources in impoverished communities.