The Anna Mae Cole Center Must be Preserved

In the coming months, the City of Boston and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), along with a group of developers, are planning to hasten the gentrification of Jamaica Plain.  They plan to do this by demolishing hundreds of public housing units and replacing them with hundreds of privately-run and expensive units at the Mildred C.Continue reading “The Anna Mae Cole Center Must be Preserved”

NO to the Demolition of the Anna Mae Cole Center in Boston!

This September, the City of Boston and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), along with a group of developers (Urban Edge, JPNDC, and TCB), are planning to demolish the Anna Mae Cole Center at the Mildred C. Hailey/Bromley-Heath public housing development in Jamaica Plain. The Cole Center is not just an ordinary community center. In additionContinue reading “NO to the Demolition of the Anna Mae Cole Center in Boston!”

Protesting Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s Privatization of Public Housing

JUNE 18: At a cushy photo op this week in Roxbury, @MayorWu and other city officials used cops to intimidate and silence multiple groups of protesters. This is part of a growing trend by the city of #Boston to crush any progressive dissent to government policy. While we were at the event to protest theContinue reading “Protesting Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s Privatization of Public Housing”

Report on the Struggle at City Towers

The attached report is the fruit of four months of collaboration between a newly-formed Tenant Association at City Towers housing development in West Oakland and organizers with the UFAD. In it, we detail: The past and present conditions at City Towers Organizing efforts since February of this year and the response from property management andContinue reading “Report on the Struggle at City Towers”

Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 5: The Struggle that Lies Ahead

Shortly after the petition was delivered to VPM Management, KDF Communities, the Oakland Housing Authority, Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Councilmember Carroll Fife, and Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker, the latter office replied: Thank you for your email and attached petition. The City Attorney takes violation of tenants’ rights and safety very seriously. Multiple CityContinue reading “Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 5: The Struggle that Lies Ahead”

Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 4: Raising Complaints with One Voice

In the aftermath of the February fire, a petition was written up based on contributions from several residents throughout door-to-door conversations. In the space of a month, over 90 signatures have been gathered from residents in the building. Residents delivered this petition to the management office at City Towers on April 1st. A small groupContinue reading “Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 4: Raising Complaints with One Voice”

Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 3: The Corporations behind City Towers

City Towers is owned by KDF Communities, a real estate investment firm specializing in low-income housing. Although KDF touts its “commitment to providing social services to [its] residents” [1], a brief survey of the conditions in the properties it owns immediately shows that its primary role in society is to profit from the exploitation ofContinue reading “Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 3: The Corporations behind City Towers”

Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 2: Stories from Towers Tenants

While in the process of working on a petition campaign, we worked with City Towers tenants to collect personal stories that could be shared publicly to paint a vivid picture of the kinds of problems people are facing there. The interviews below were also published on Twitter [1-3]. Many tenants are understandably afraid of retaliationContinue reading “Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 2: Stories from Towers Tenants”

Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 1: The February Fire

On the evening of Tuesday, February 15th, residents in Building C of the City Towers housing development in West Oakland heard fire alarms going off. False alarms are so commonplace there that many people thought nothing of it and stayed where they were – until smoke started to creep through the gaps between hallways andContinue reading “Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 1: The February Fire”

Did SFHA ever get approval from HUD to get rid of the last public housing in the City?

On November 26, 2021, the UFAD sent this statement to the media and various agencies, including San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) and the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Nearly 90 tenants from Sunnydale and Potrero Hill signed onto this demand which clearly stated their opposition to the HOPE SF privatization scheme. Two weeksContinue reading “Did SFHA ever get approval from HUD to get rid of the last public housing in the City?”