Over the course of this spring, the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC) and Right to Counsel NYC Coalition (RTCNYC) will host five webinar sessions to explore the ever-expanding movement for the right to counsel for tenants facing eviction. With seven cities having enacted a right, and many others pursuing the same, it’s time to review what’s worked, what hasn’t, and how we can keep this movement growing.
Session 1: An Introduction to the Tenant RTC Movement
FEB 9 | 3pm ET
The initial session is an overview of the eviction right to counsel movement from an organizing and lawyering perspective and what the movement looks like today. In later sessions, we will spotlight four cities that have enacted the right to counsel to look closely at their campaigns, identify their successes and struggles, and highlight the tools, strategies, and tactics they used to pass the right to counsel in their jurisdiction.
Session 2: Baltimore
FEB 16 | 3pm ET
This session focuses on the latest right to counsel success story!In December 2020, amidst a global pandemic, Baltimore became the seventh city in the nation to provide a right to counsel for tenants in eviction cases. This was a huge win for Baltimore Renters United, which organized the campaign behind the bill, as well as the many organizations that supported it. Join us to learn more about how the right to counsel campaign got started, wins and losses along the way, and thoughts and ideas about implementation.
Session 3: San Francisco
MARCH 2 | 3pm ET
San Francisco was the second city to establish a right to counsel. Unlike Baltimore (Part 2 of the series), this was accomplished via ballot initiative in 2018 as the result of a campaign supported by Tenants Together, the San Francisco Tenants Union, and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Join us to learn more about how the right to counsel campaign got started, wins and losses along the way, and thoughts and ideas about implementation. You can find Prop F – No Eviction Without Representation Act – here.
Session 4: New York City
MARCH 16 | 3pm ET
This conversation will feature the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition (RTCNYC) which led to New York City becoming the first city in the nation to pass Right to Counsel! RTCNYC was founded by CASA (Community Action for Safe Apartments) in 2014. RTCNYC is a tenant-led, broad-based coalition that formed in 2014 to disrupt Housing Court as a center of displacement and stop the eviction crisis that has threatened our homes for too long. The Coalition is made up of tenants, organizers, advocates, legal services organizations and more! Join us to learn more about how the right to counsel campaign got started, wins and losses along the way, thoughts and ideas about implementation, and where organizers plan to go from here. To learn more about the right and current campaign work to expand RTC statewide, visit the Right to Counsel Coalition of NYC’s website at www.righttocounselnyc.org.
Session 5: Cleveland
April 6 | 3pm ET
For spanish interpretation or anything else, please contact [email protected] at least 1 week ahead of the event!