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This May Day, we’ll experience how powerful people are when they march together through the city streets as a broad coalition of immigrant advocates and organizers, tenants, organized labor, affordable housing advocates, faith groups, and parent advocates.
 
On Wednesday, May 1st, the Raise the Roof Coalition will march for an end to unjust evictions and ever-increasing rents across Concord. These harmful evictions and rent increases have especially hurt the residents of the Monument neighborhood, many of whom are low-income Latinx and immigrant families. Raise the Roof is calling on the Concord City Council to finally take action to protect the city's diverse working-class residents by passing rent control and just cause for eviction. As we at Urban Habitat and our allies know, these complementary policies are the only policies that can protect tenants immediately and in place.
 
Not only will their march commemorate International Workers’ Day by honoring the historical struggles and wins of workers across the globe, they will highlight workers’ struggles in the current moment. Their fight articulates the connections between tenant rights, immigrant justice, racial justice, and economic power.
 
It also reinforces our linkages as a region and Urban Habitat’s work to push for housing justice at the regional level and across local places. As we continue to deal with the repercussions of the housing crisis and regional resegregation, which we began reporting on in 2016, it only becomes more important to connect our struggles across issues and across geographies. We hope to see you in the streets with us on May 1st! 

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Date sent: April 30, 2019

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