thought tenants in the neighborhoods might be interested.
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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
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)