“It’s Time, D.C.”, a coalition of local community groups, civic organizations, labor leaders and residents, launched an ad campaign last week “to voice the concerns of the thousands of city residents and neighborhoods that have been negatively affected by short-term rentals” and encourage the D.C. City Council to pass short-term rental legislation to protect neighborhoods and affordable housing.
Members of the coalition include The D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, Unite Here! Local 25, AirbnbWatch and concerned residents.
“As a single mom, finding an affordable home for my family in D.C. is a challenge and now commercial investors are buying up homes to rent on Airbnb reducing housing and raising rent citywide,” says Yukia Hugee in the first ad of the campaign.
“Leaders from major cities across the country like San Diego, San Francisco, New York, and Boston have enacted short-term rental laws to protect affordable housing and hold short-term rental platforms like Airbnb accountable,” says Lauren Windsor of AirbnbWATCH.
On our labor calendar, “Dolores,” a film about Dolores Huerta, the co-founder -- with Cesar Chavez -- of the United Farm Workers -- screens free at 7pm tonight at the University Christian Church in Hyattsville; go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1918, Canada declares the Wobblies illegal.
Today’s labor quote is by Dolores Huerta:
“Professional farmworkers who know how to do a number of different jobs, whether it be pruning or picking or crafting, they see themselves as professionals, and they take a lot of pride in that work. They don't see themselves as doing work that is demeaning.”
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