Fwd: TODAY: Open Forum on Tenants’ Rights
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From: Colin Gillis <colinrgillis@...>
Date: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 8:58 AM
Subject: TODAY: Open Forum on Tenants’ Rights
To: Colin Gillis <colinrgillis@...>
The forum will be *today*, March 29, at 5:30 PM in Union South. Our
room is the Fifth Quarter Room on the second floor. It's fairly easy
Parking around Union South may be a challenge, so consider alternative
modes of transportation if they're available to you.
Scott Walker, Robin Vos, and their cronies in the Wisconsin Realtors'
Association and the Apartment Association are rewriting
landlord-tenant law to make life easier for landlords and harder for
tenants. When SB 107 became law in December, it wiped out decades of
tenants’ rights legislation in Madison and Dane County. On March 16,
the WI state legislature passed SB 466, a bill that erodes tenants'
rights in the state law. Another bill, AB 668, is being prepared for
committee. It would make it possible for landlords to issue a 5-day
eviction notice with no option to cure for any “criminal activity”
committed on the landlord’s property by the tenant or “an associate.”
This bill would allow landlords to evict victims of domestic abuse!
Are you interested in learning how we can fight back against this
anti-tenant legislation? The Wisconsin Alliance for Tenants’ Rights is
convening an open forum on the history and future of tenant organizing
in Madison. Knowing the history of tenant – landlord relations in
Madison will help us develop effective strategies for responding to
these bills. Speakers will include Deborah Percival (former organizer
for the now defunct Madison Tenants’ Union), Brenda Konkel (executive
director of the Tenant Resource Center), and Colin Gillis (an
organizer for the Wisconsin Alliance for Tenants’ Rights). Panelists
will discuss lessons learned from past struggles, the impact of SB 107
and SB 466, and what WATR is doing to fight back against the bills
that have passed as well as future anti-tenant legislation.
For more information, contact Colin Gillis at 608-609-7369 or
WHAT: Open Forum on Tenants' Rights
WHEN: Thursday, March 29, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Union South (check Today in the Union for room number)
If life were a thing money could buy, the rich would live and poor would die. - Widespread Panic (Arleen)
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. - Frederick Douglas
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.- ConfuciusWe think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. - Mother TeresaCapital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty. - Henry Ford
When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. —Dom Helder Camara . . . . modern version = socialist!