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Community Leaders Launch “Week of Action for Housing Rights” in the Brooklyns

Date: 
November 4, 2016

On October 23, community leaders launched a Week of Action to advocate for Housing Rights in the cities of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. The upcoming local elections, in which people of color in the two cities are set to make historic gains in local representation, present a great opportunity to push these issues to the top of policy priorities. Among other things, organizers used the week of action to highlight the lack of access to quality affordable housing.

“People in poverty face a difficult reality everyday because of the type of housing they are forced to live in,” says Denise Butler of African Career & Education Resources (ACER). “We are organizing to create a new housing policy to address the grave injustices that we see occurring regionally and that are now hitting the borders of the Brooklyns.”

Tenants of the Autumn Ridge Apartments delivered a petition to the Brooklyn Park City Council Monday, October 24 to demand better living conditions and better stability in the face of rapidly rising housing costs.

“Housing conditions in the Brooklyns are unjust, intolerable, and inhumane,” according to Sebastian Rivera a community organizer with Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (Assembly for Civil Rights). “This week of action is happening because our community is fired up for lasting social change.”

The Week of Action included delivery of petitions to elected officials, media appearances, doorknocking, and a large community forum to create a “Civil Rights Blueprint for Housing in the Brooklyns” to be presented later this fall.

Contacts

Denise Butler, ACER, 763-318-3750dbutler@acerinc.org
Sebastian Rivera, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, 763-807-1388sebastian@asamblea-mn.org