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Columbia Court

September 24, 2018

Report on the Sarasota Solidarity Network's tenant campaign at Columbia Court.

Issue

Ownership of Columbia Court building changed ownership several times between July 2017 and February 2018. When the original landlords sold the building, they presumably switched all tenant rental agreements to month-to-month leases. The most recent owners, Belmont Associates, issued an agreement termination notice on February 19th, 2018, demanding that the tenants move out in nine days, on the 28th. (For reference, Florida law states that tenants on a month-to-month lease must be given at least 15 days to move out following termination of a lease.)

Tenant J.R. came first to SaraSol for assistance in fighting against the landlords wrongful “eviction” notice, as the notice itself provided no point of contact or actual notice that landlords had changed, and they surmised that something was wrong with the situation.

Timeline


Results

We would call this a “soft win.” The person who called in the complaint (J.R.) got the resolution they needed (a week-long extension on the non-renewal notice) before the SolNet needed to put any pressure on Belmont Associates. However, as we lost contact with J.R., we do not know if J.R. experienced any other issues with Belmont, or whether they got a deposit back, and these are issues that the SolNet could have potentially assisted with.

What Worked

What We Could Do Better Next Time

Statement of Support for Occupy ICE Tampa

July 21, 2018

The Tampa Bay General Membership Branch of the IWW expresses its support for the actions of Occupy ICE Tampa in their efforts to earn justice for those affected by the United States’ racist and classist immigration policies. This GMB acknowledges that the opposition of immigration to the United States is a result of this nation’s centuries-long history of capitalist imperialism, racism, and xenophobia. By funding oppressive foreign regimes, depleting natural resources, and exploiting the labor of other nations in the Americas, the United States has created the material conditions that make immigration a matter of survival.

As the struggle for a classless society continues, we must remember that within the proletarian class, some members require more targeted support than others. Currently, immigrant families are being torn apart with many individual members lost in the system. Detained immigrants are regularly subjected to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse while in the custody of ICE facilities. This is simply not acceptable.

As such, we feel it necessary to officially give our support for Occupy ICE Tampa—and other similar groups and movements—and their fight for substantial reforms of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, with the ultimate goal of its abolition.

New Website

May 4, 2018

Well, we have this new website! We'll probably be tweaking it a bit here and there over the next couple of months, so please let us know if you see something amiss.

We're also diligently working on the logistics for our upcoming organizer training.

May Day

April 28, 2018

For this year on International Workers' Day, we'll be marching in Tampa. See the Facebook event page for more details.

OT 101 in Sarasota

April 21, 2018

We will be hosting an Organizing Training 101 in Sarasota on June 30/July 1. Stay tuned for more details.