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(en) US, First of May Anarchist Alliance Broadsheet: JAN-FEB 2016: Detroit’s Eastside Fight

Date Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:26:17 +0200

An important struggle on the Eastside of Detroit has the look of being won. Fannie Mae, the mortgage-lending giant, has been attempting to evict Lela over a mortgage taken out by her mother. Uniting with neighbors and Detroit Eviction Defense (DED) Lela looks likely to be keeping her home. ---- Her neighborhood has become a symbol of the social crisis across the city. The last few years has seen a mass transfer of wealth from working people to the banking industry; one more of the many attacks on working peoples by corporate interests. It’s also the result of ruthless predatory lenders and property managers looking to make quick money at working people’s expense. ---- Lela’s fight is important because she’s refusing to be moved. Her struggle joins others who will not allow the banks and government to continue destructive practices of eviction. DED uses tactics from disrupting and politicizing the court process to active mobilization and direct action in the streets. We in First of May (M1) see it is as a crucial step towards community defense against racist, anti-working class attacks that Detroiters are facing. M1 have been working with DED and Lela from day one.

Lela’s fight has meant organizing people to build a community based on solidarity, mutual
aid and resistance. Lela’s neighbors who run the Black urban farm, Freedom Freedom Farm,
play big roles in bringing new people around this campaign. The Committee organized
socials and concerts as well as the creation of a beautiful mural declaring the neighborhood
an eviction free zone.

Lela, like so many others who are faced with eviction, thought of going it alone, staying
quiet, not always sure of what to do next. As this campaign developed she plays a central
role in its course and strategy. Lela and her allies have been working towards an inevitable
home defense but now, things are looking hopeful. We consider this new outcome the result
of organizing to stand against Fannie Mae, the government and the court system.
-Red X (Detroit M1)

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