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Seven people arrested trying to stop the eviction of Rosemary Williams

Protester from the MN Coalition for a People's Bailout is arrested trying to stop the eviction of Rosemary Williams.

Protester from the MN Coalition for a People's Bailout is arrested trying to stop the eviction of Rosemary Williams.

The following is from Fight Back! News:

Seven people arrested trying to stop the eviction of Rosemary Williams
By staff 

Minneapolis, MN – After a months long fight against her foreclosure, police came  to evict Rosemary Williams from her home, Sept. 11.  Dozens of police cordoned off the street, sidewalks and alley all around the home, police with rifles and tear gas were at the ready at windows inside the house, as a private security company used metal grating to  board up windows and doors. The police showed up as preparations were being made for a birthday party for Rosemary Williams’s grandson, Talib, who turned two that day. 

More than a hundred supporters gathered to support the Williams family, as they hastily removed their personal belongings from the house. In a last ditch effort to stop the eviction, seven supporters went onto the property and were immediately arrested. They were dragged away by police, who kicked people laying on the ground and sprayed the crowd with pepper spray.   

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Chicago, October 3rd: “We Say Fight Back!” National Conference on Jobs, Income, Housing, and Justice

Click on the image for a PDF flyer for the conference

Click on the image for a PDF flyer for the conference

The following is the call to the “We Say Fight Back” conference, a very important national working class conference that will take place October 3rd in Chicago:

We are now in the midst of the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Millions of homes are in foreclosure. Unemployment is growing. Massive cuts are taking place to the programs that benefit poor and working people, while the government tries to balance budgets on our backs. Inequality is growing, oppressed people–African-Americans, Chicanos, and Latinos are the last hired and the first to lose their jobs.

The rich and powerful are waging a war on working people and many of us have decided to respond by fighting back. In cities around the country there are sharp struggles to stop evictions and to demand a moratorium on home foreclosures. At places like Chicago’s Republic Windows and Doors there have been intense battles in response to plant closures. From California to New York, people have taken to the streets to protest cuts to programs that serve our communities.

On October 3, 2009, trade unionists, immigrant rights activists and members of low-income, community, housing, student and other progressive organizations will come together in Chicago for a conference that will help build our collective movements. We will take this opportunity to learn from one another’s experience. We will lend support to key struggles. Importantly, we will make common plans. Together we can make a difference and build a more powerful fight back.

Go to the Conference website for a list of endorsers and other important info: http://wesayfightback.com/