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News :: Human Rights : Organizing
Eviction Blockade Successful, At Least Until Tomorrow
by City Life/Vida Urbana
01 Aug 2011
Over 100 people gathered at 197 Normandy St. at noon to
stand with Drusilla Francis. We chanted and sang and gave testimony.
The constable summoned the police to arrest people blocking the door.
The police, to their credit, asked the constable for papers showing he
had the right to evict that day. He did not have such papers. The
eviction was called off for today! As Melonie said in summation, this
would NOT have happened without the boisterous protest we mounted today.
The constable left saying he would get a 48-hour notice
delivered with a new time and date. If that happens, a new eviction
could not be before Thursday morning.
However, the bank’s lawyer is insisting that they don’t
have to give a new 48-hour notice. That view may possibly carry, so
we plan to arrive at Drusilla’s house again tomorrow morning before 9
am. If US Bank tries to carry out an eviction tomorrow, we may not be
able to send another email. We will send a text message alert.
Directions: Grove Hall section of Dorchester. Go to Washington St.
between Blue Hill Ave. and Columbia Rd. Normandy St. is off
If you want to get our text message alerts – text the word
“citylife” to the number 41513.
We want to thank everyone who came out today. Mel King
was there. Rep. Liz Malia and Councilor Yancey, members of
Springfield No One Leaves, Chelsea Collaborative, and Burbank Tenants
Assoc. all came. Union members were there. And of course, many many
members of the Bank Tenant Assoc.
We are now in touch with different executives within US
Bank, locally and nationally. In addition to Malia and Yancey, the
Mayor’s office is also calling asking them to end the eviction, citing
We would love for YOU to make a call also.
David Rhein, eviction attorney at Orlans Moran – 617-502-4119
Steven Dale, VP Media Relations, US Bank in Chicago – 612-303-0784
What we want:
US Bank should accept the BCC cash offer (submitted at the end of June), OR
US Bank should seek a better offer without eviction. Allow Drusilla
to match if they get a higher offer.
Allow Drusilla to pay rent while US Bank seeks a higher offer.
If US Bank can’t get a higher offer, accept the BCC offer
(US Bank has done exactly this in another case in Milton)
There is absolutely no reason for this eviction!
If you come tomorrow, as always please respect the discipline of City
Life and the Bank Tenants Association regarding signs, chants, and
picket line behavior.
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