RTHA’s Saba Nazeer was creative director, and part of the proceeds will support our work. #NoShelterForSlumlords
A collection of unfinished Woody Guthrie lyrics about a racist landlord (who happens to be Trump’s dad) fell into Baltimore folk musician Ryan Harvey’s hands, so he worked with the Guthrie family to finish and record the song with former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and Ani DiFranco. Firebrand Records, the label Harvey and Morello started, released the track, filmed a video about renters fighting back, and you should take a look!
Firebrand has generously offered us a portion of the proceeds, because, though times have changed since Guthrie began writing these lyrics, we at RTHA are still fighting the legacy of a housing system built on racist policies to this day. We are building community power to ensure that Guthrie’s “racist landlord”s are not allowed to thrive at the expense of our communities.
You can support us in this struggle by purchasing Harvey’s track here: http://smarturl.it/OMTit
For nearly four years, Right to Housing Alliance has been working with renters facing affordability, habitability, eviction, utility bills, or any other housing issues to build our collective power to change the housing system. We have been able to accomplish so much in those four years! We’ve marched, picketed, called-in, lobbied, sued, court supported, chanted, listened, … Continue reading A Change Is Gonna Come: RTHA Is Doing Some Restructuring.
Right to Housing Alliance has been BUSY. With the release of the Justice Diverted report, Rally for Rent Court Justice, events at Red Emma’s Bookstore, Liberty Rec, and the Park Heights Community Health Alliance as well as lobbying up the members of the Baltimore House Delegation and growing the ranks with new 7K Families Partner organizations, including … Continue reading RTHA Legislative Update
A new study released Monday, December 7th titled “Justice Diverted: How Renters are Processed in the Baltimore City Rent Court”, examines court practices and paints a grim picture of a court riddled with systemic barriers to justice for renters. The year-long study conducted by the Public Justice Center and Right to Housing Alliance and published by … Continue reading Rally for Rent Court Justice: 7,000 Families Campaign Launch
On October 23, 2015, RTHA will join grassroots organizations from all over the country in Washington, DC to raise the issue of the human right to water and sanitation in the U.S. at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) 156th Session. Human Rights experts will hear from communities directly affected by water issues in … Continue reading #WaterIsAHumanRight
This article published today on NextCity.org takes on Baltimore’s Rent Court. RTHA Members Deborah Jennings and Detrese Dowridge discuss their experiences and challenges in Rent Court. //“The court system is not for the tenant,” says Jennings wearily. “It just becomes a money thing. It’s no longer about human beings.”// Read the article at NextCity.org here. … Continue reading “Every Renter’s Nightmare”: RTHA Members Talk About Rent Court