New Eviction Defense Tools for Fulton County: The County’s Eviction Crisis is Ground Zero in Struggles Against Racism, Exploitation, and Dispossession
This event will offer perspectives on Fulton County’s current eviction crisis, will contextualize the problem of eviction within histories of racism and dispossession, and will provide information about a new Eviction Defense Manual for Fulton County produced by the Housing Justice League. Join us!
Fulton County is currently in an eviction crisis. Close to 800 new evictions are filed every week in Fulton County, which comes out to be 1 in 5 renters over the course of a year (2016 Caseload Report, Judicial Council of Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts, 2016). Roughly half of those tenants receive a court-ordered eviction and are forcibly displaced by the state.
This crisis is a symptom of an oppressive system of laws and power that overwhelmingly favor landlords over tenants. This system, like the eviction crisis itself, is rooted in histories of economic exploitation, anti-Blackness, and dispossession of land and property from people of color and indigenous communities.
There are ways to resist evictions. However, tenants are often not made aware of their full legal rights, resources, and strategies that are available to them.
Hearing from different speakers and panelists we will collectively:
>Develop an analysis of the eviction crisis in Fulton County that situates it in history and within other housing, homelessness, and affordability crises in the Atlanta metro area
>Provide an overview of a new eviction defense campaign in Fulton County launching in 2019; the campaign will include workshops and concrete strategies and tools for intervening in eviction processes, and the distribution of a new Eviction Defense Manual written specifically for Fulton County residents by the Housing Justice League
>Offer space to build community connections and knowledge among stakeholders
-Nasheedah Muhammad, Director of Operations, Lost-n-Found Youth
-Latresa Chaney, Tenant Organizer with the Housing Justice League
-Elora Raymond, Assistant Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning in the College of Design at Georgia Tech
-Andrew Thompson, Supervising Attorney, Housing Court Assistance Center at the Fulton County Magistrate Court
-Alison Johnson, Executive Director of Housing Justice League
5:45 pm – Reading of Redefining Affordable Housing Collective Collective Statement
6:15 Presentation: What is the geography of eviction in Atlanta?
6:30 – Panel Discussion
7:30 What is Housing Justice League’s Eviction Defense Campaign and Manual?
7:45 – 8:30 Mingling and discussion
The event will be useful to any individual, organization, group, or institution that deals with the uprooting effects of eviction. Whether you are a social service organization, church, tenants’ association, housing provider, or an individual community member, this event will provide knowledge and tools that you can take into your life and work.
The event is presented by the Housing Justice League in collaboration with the Redefining Affordable Housing Collective.
The event will take place in the Phillip Rush Center Annex. It is MARTA and wheelchair accessible.