Friday, February 25, 2011

Meet City Life/Vida Urbana on Tuesday

Tuesday, March 1 from 4-6 p.m.
at HAP Housing on 322 Main St. in Springfield, Mass. (Directions)

*Buffet dinner prepared by Springfield Bank Tenant Association leaders;
*Sliding scale donation requested to support our No One Leaves/Nadie Se Mude organizing in Springfield;
*Childcare and translation offered— if needed, please call in advance.
*Casual and comfortable.  Arrive when you can, leave when you must.
For more information, call Arise at 413-734-4948 or visit

City Life/ Vida Urbana lead organizer Steve Meacham and a creative, energetic group of organizers and bank tenant leaders in Boston pioneered a movement that has brought the big banks to the bargaining table.  Their work has been featured in a PBS news hour special  and a multimedia project called We Shall Not Be Moved.  Forging strong relationships with homeowners and tenants living in buildings scheduled for foreclosure, they have helped Boston residents to successfully fight post-foreclosure evictions.  They have showed the residents of Boston that “When We Fight, We Win!”  The movement they started was the inspiration for our new campaign in Springfield.  After last year’s record-setting number of heartbreaking foreclosures and evictions in our “City of Homes,” Springfield residents have united to fight back against the Wall Street banks’ destruction of our neighborhoods.  

Please join us as we welcome our City Life/ Vida Urbana brothers and sisters to Springfield.  We will share experiences and learn from their struggle.  Enjoy the testimony, song, and culinary talents of our Springfield BTA leaders.  Meet dedicated activists who are helping to grow this movement.  And help us to raise needed funds for our local campaign against the Wall Street banks. 

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.  The Bank Tenant Association meeting will start promptly at 6 p.m.  The 6 p.m. meeting is for residents of building scheduled for foreclosure and their allies, with guests from CL/VU.  Representatives of the media or others interested in attending the BTA meeting, please call organizer Malcolm Chu at 718-666-6872.
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