As a part of our work, Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ) collaborates with Westside Justice Center to support tenants in organizing, learning their rights, and keeping their homes. We’re proud to announce two major victories we won in the month of June.
Throughout May, tenants reported utility and maintenance problems to the City of Joliet. Instead of getting the landlord to make necessary repairs, the city gave tenants notices to vacate—within one month.
Tenants — supported by WWJ and Westside Justice Center — organized, learned their rights, and told the city that one month was nowhere near enough time to move.
Last Friday, June 18, was the original deadline for tenants to vacate. Instead, tenants kept their homes and delivered a petition to the landlord demanding them to make the necessary repairs instead! When we fight, we win!
For weeks, Linda got harassing text messages from her landlord demanding she move out. When he told her he planned to enter her home with police, she left nothing to chance.
With support from WWJ and Westside Justice Center she made it clear to the landlord and police she knew her rights and wouldn't be intimidated into leaving. Police followed the law and the incident ended peacefully. We'll continue to defend Linda's home with her, each step of the way. Solidarity forever!
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