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  • Brenda Konkel
    thought tenants in the neighborhoods might be interested. ... From: Colin Gillis Date: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 8:58 AM Subject: TODAY:
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      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
      to find.

      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

      In solidarity,

      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)

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