Bristol Reading the news is one thing but watching the steady stream of young people and many not so young at the Rock & Bowl hostel in central Bristol where we have been staying for the last several days underscores the affordable housing push-out. New residents with jobs of all kinds are paying 10-15 pounds per day [...]
Key organizers for ACORN, Jon Black on computer and Keir Lawson speaking
Edinburgh I could feel the excitement in the conversations at the steering committee of the Edinburgh Private Tenant Action Group, an affiliate of ACORN International, as they started mapping out a plan to broadly organize the multiple occupancy tenants across the city. With [...]
Edinburgh There’s nothing like good old fashion, benefit campaigns to light the fire under organizing drives, and it seems that the Edinburgh Private Tenants Action Group (EPTAG) has a number of great handles to choose from in moving to accelerate the growth and power of the organization. Later today I’m joining a half-dozen of the [...]
Edinburgh Sometimes you think you’ve heard it all, when really you haven’t heard the half of it yet, which was how I felt yesterday after spending the day working with almost 30 activists from Edinburgh and Glasgow who were trying to plan out how to organize a campaign to push back the recently implemented “bedroom [...]
Frankfort Hidden in plain sight in the Obama Administration budget proposal before the U.S. Congress now is a potentially huge and unsettling change in the way that public housing is administered. The budget seems to envision an expanded requirement that living in public housing could require proof of a job and could be time limited.