‘No war on migrants! No war on Iran!’

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this A militant crowd gathered outside Philadelphia City Hall on June 26 to demand “No war on migrants! No war on Iran!” While many attending represented organizations that had initiated or endorsed the rally, a significant number were individuals passing by who stopped to listen and stayed to the end.  The rally was called by Philadelphia International Action Center and the Workers’ Solidarity Network.The event drove home the connections between U.S. imperialist wars and occupations abroad and the growing number of migrants worldwide. The U.S. government’s nationalistic policies destabilize countries, causing increased migration of workers fleeing poverty and violence, at the same time that the Trump administration tweets out racist threats against workers who have migrated to the U.S. simply to seek a living.The majority of people in the U.S. and around the world oppose the endless U.S. wars and threats against oil-rich regions, this time against Iran.Speakers also addressed the concentration camp conditions experienced by migrant children at the Texas border, as well as by over 2 million people imprisoned in U.S. jails.The rally was chaired by Ted Kelly of Workers World Party, who opened by leading the crowd in chants.  Speakers included Ron Joseph from LILAC/Abolish Ice, Judy Greenspan from the Bay Area branch of WWP, Yahné Ndgo with Black Alliance for Peace, Marta Guttenberg with Jewish Voice for Peace, and Betsey Piette with the International Action Center.  Also speaking was Jocelyn Velázquez, spokesperson of Jornada Se Acabaron las Promesas (No More Promises). Her organization has been leading resistance to the imposition of the Fiscal Control Board’s control over Puerto Rico, begun by President Barack Obama in 2016 under the PROMESA Law. The FCB has imposed a dictatorship that exerts authority over all Puerto Rican institutions, including the colonial government.In addition to the two organizations that called the event, endorsers included Black Alliance for Peace; Black and Brown Workers’ Cooperative; Brandywine Peace Community; Coalición Fortaleza Latina; FIRE (Fight for Im/migrants & Refugees Everywhere); Jewish Voice for Peace, Philly;  International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; LILAC; MOVE Organization; Organizing Committee for a Maoist-Communist Party; Party for Socialism & Liberation; Philadelphia Camden Boricua Committee; Philly ANSWER; Philly Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions; Philly Don’t Orchestrate Apartheid; Philly Socialist; and Workers World Party/Mundo Obrero.last_img read more

Despite Protections Mass Evictions Are Predicted

first_img Despite eviction and foreclosure moratoria, recently extended at federal levels—first from FHFA, FHA, and, later, the CDC—the country is in for a flood of eventual evictions, according to research collected by Bloomberg. The report also explored how, with a current shortage in housing, the eviction bans are costing landlords with tenants.    The loss of homes has been stalled, experts have said in response to the latest presidential action, but not stopped.  The Census Bureau recently reported that about a third of renters said in July that they had “no confidence” or “slight confidence” in their ability to pay for housing in August. With Republicans and Democrats in a stalemate over a next round of economic stimulus measures, experts warned that the country is poised for “an eviction crisis of historic proportions,” Bloomberg reported. About 30 million Americans are “at risk” of being evicted in coming months because they can’t pay rent, according to a review of the Census survey data by the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, the Covid-19 Eviction Defense Project, the National Low Income Housing Coalition and a coalition of researchers—estimates released before the moratoria extensions. Bloomberg noted that looming eviction and the uncertainty that accompanies this latest action remains a problem.  “Eviction is a legal process, and the burden on landlords differs by state. But the mere threat of eviction often is enough for landlords to get someone to move out. Many landlords have been working with tenants in the hopes that more emergency rental assistance is on its way. Absent that help, the U.S. could be heading for a massive wave of housing displacement and insecurity. More people will double up with family or end up homeless.” To access the most-recent protections announced by the White House, renters must assert they are incapable of paying their rent or are likely to become homeless if kicked out of their property, and they will be required to pay as much rent as they can afford, Bloomberg noted. Also, the initiative may still face legal challenges from landlords. Many tenants now owe so much in back rent that they won’t be able to catch up, pushing landlords to evict them as soon as restrictions lift. A potential solution, Bloomberg reported, is for Congress to pass a plan that would provide $100 billion in rental assistance and ban evictions, “but that’s stuck in stalled negotiation with Republicans on a new stimulus package.” Renters will not suffer alone. As Bloomberg reported, landlords need to collect rent to cover mortgage payments and property taxes. Many also pay for utilities. Keeping non-paying tenants around can incur operating costs without generating any revenue. With a shortage of housing inventory, landlords also understand they could be renting space to paying renters as opposed to those who can no longer pay.   Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, News September 3, 2020 1,322 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago 2020-09-03 Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Despite Protections Mass Evictions Are Predicted Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Despite Protections Mass Evictions Are Predicted Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: How Borrowers are Handling Pandemic-Prompted Budget Barriers Next: Nationwide Housing Shortage Intensifies  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Rivers, Crawford say Clippers grew during 6-1 road trip

first_imgSixth-man Jamal Crawford had another fine game Saturday, scoring 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field – 4 of 9 from 3-point range. He, too, believes this team grew over the 11-day trip.“I think it shows a lot of character, first off,” Crawford said. “It’s hard to win on the road. It really is, especially when people outside the locker room are panicking a little bit. I think it shows a lot of heart and a lot of character.“It shows our growth, for sure. We’ve kind of found our identity and how we’re going to play on both ends of the floor. Hopefully, it can be a great starting point for us.”Crawford averaged 19.2 points on the trip and scored at least 21 points in each of the last four games.Homestand beginsThe Clippers (11-5), currently in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, open a four-game homestand today when they play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves (4-10) at Staples Center. Then they’ll take on Orlando on Wednesday, New Orleans on Saturday and Phoenix a week from today.The Timberwolves on Friday defeated the Lakers 120-119 at Staples Center. Minnesota, which played Sunday at Portland, is led in scoring by shooting guard Kevin Martin (20.4 points per game), but he’s out with a broken wrist. Small forward Thaddeus Young averages 13.9 points and went for 22 points against the Lakers. “I think you grow all season, and that’s what I’ve been saying from the beginning,” he said. “Whether we went 6-1 or 4-3, we would have been better when this trip was over. It was guaranteed. I think defensively we grew the most.“I think offensively we have been pretty good lately anyway. I think our defense is just getting better and better. You can hear the talk now. Guys are in the right spots. They trust each other. When you do that you get a lot of stops.”Certainly, there was plenty for which to be thankful. But it means only so much, Rivers intimated.“That’s nice,” he said, when asked about going 6-1. “We don’t get a trophy for it or anything. But it’s still nice.” Crawford chimes in It may not have seemed like the Clippers were hitting the road at the right time when they embarked on a seven-game trip Nov. 19. They were 5-4, didn’t seem to know who they were and they were coming off a 105-89 loss at home to Chicago on Nov. 17.Many of the players, as well as coach Doc Rivers, said that perhaps some time away from home would bring the team together. That seems to have been the case, because the Clippers completed their trip with a 112-96 victory on Saturday over the Utah Jazz (5-12) at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. They led the Jazz 35-18 after one quarter.That gave the Clippers a 6-1 record on the trip, and their most victories ever on a seven-game jaunt. Of the six victories, two came against probable playoff teams (Miami and Houston) that were injury-depleted and the other four came against teams that will be hard-pressed to make the postseason. Still, the Clippers played solid basketball, except for the 16-point loss at Memphis, currently the top team in the NBA.Rivers was stoked.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more