The Rhode Island General Assembly has passed the Just Cause bill! Governor Chafee still must sign the bill into law, but we have cleared a huge hurdle in making Just Cause a reality. The bill will prevent the “no-fault” evictions, evictions of tenants living in foreclosed properties who are paying their rent, and following the rules of their lease. The Just Cause bill protects tenants from the greed of the banking industry and affirms their right to housing, a basic human need. This bill is a huge step forward for tenants’ rights and economic justice, and will help our communities prevent homelessness, blight, and the reduction of property values in our neighborhoods.
RI Jobs With Justice has been a proud member of the Just Cause coalition for a number of years. As coalition members, we organized credit union members to pressure the Credit Union Association to cease from opposing the bill; we engaged faith and labor leaders to testify and lobby on behalf of the bill; we provided critical additional community support for the bill by door-knocking for phone calls and e-mails to legislators, providing the additional support needed to push this bill to victory.
We are pleased to stand with our sisters and brothers at Direct Action for Rights and Equality in celebrating this monumental victory for working Rhode Islanders.
We would like to thank all who supported us to make our part in this historic victory possible, including all of our volunteers, Organizing and Steering Committee members who lent their voice to the campaign, our individual donors and monthly sustainers, and the following foundations Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Haymarket People’s Fund, RESIST Inc., and the Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society.