Friends, Allies and Supporters:
SPREAD THIS NEWS AS QUICKLY AND WIDELY AS POSSIBLE!
LETTER AND PHONE CAMPAIGN INFO
The time has come when your action could mean the difference between
justice and injustice, home for the holidays or homeless in the cold.
In the next few days over 100 families are facing eviction from their
affordable apartments at the Woodlands. Right now your support, and
your action, could provide the impetus they need to win their fight.
As you may know, Common Ground has been managing the Woodlands
apartment complex for the past five months, with the intent to
purchase the property to create cooperative housing, small business
cooperatives, social programs and human services offices, all while
keeping the lowest rents in the city. During this time CG
rehabilitated over 100 units, and formalized rental relationships with
signed leases. Through a series of bad faith dealings the former
owner, Anthony Reginelli, sold the property to the Johnson Property
Group, LLC. Now both are working together to evict the tenants just in
time for the holidays.
The tenants are organized and ready to fight. They are planning a host
of strategies, from press conferences to direct actions, from formal
mediation to court cases. But they need your voice. They need your
faxes, calls emails in support, calling for the new owners to do the
right thing and work with the tenants to find a mutually beneficial
The next pages contain sample letters detailing the tenants needs and
demands, and following those is a contact list. There are two versions
of the letter, one for the Johnson Property Group, LLC itself, and
another for their business associates. Feel free to use the sample
letter, or create your own based on it. If you have business or
organization letterhead, that may add extra weight. The crucial aspect
is that the residents need your assistance RIGHT NOW.
This can be an extremely effective public pressure campaign, because
the new owners have a very good name in human services in Baton Rouge
and throughout Louisiana. The Managing Manager for the Group is
Soundra Temple-Johnson, who, along with Collis Temple, Jr. and family,
own and operate Louisiana Health and Rehabilitation Options as well as
the Harmony Center, Inc., both of which offer extensive social
services for those in need. They have a conscience, at least a public
one, which can be effectively prodded by your letters, and by the
opinions of their business associates.
Please take a little time out of your Thanksgiving preparations to
send or hand deliver these letters to as many of the contacts as
possible. Because of the holiday we must act right now to be
effective. If you live near one of these locations, hand-deliver the
letter. If you are able, mount a small (or large!) demonstration at
their address, as the tenants will be doing in Baton Rouge and New
You will hear more from us, as we hold press conferences and
demonstrations, and we will keep you updatedwith our progress. We'd
also love to hear from you about your involvement
at:firstname.lastname@example.org You could cc: us when you email out
the letter, and send us a note about faxes, hand-deliveries and
demonstrations – or any other great ideas you put into action!
Please act now, before Thanksgiving, so the one hundred families and
children of the Woodlands can have something to be thankful for this