Where’s the bailout for the poor?
Fifty people gathered around Lenise Forrest’s home in the Cabrini rowhouses, asking a very pertinent question: “Where’s our bailout?”
They gathered to stop Lenise from being evicted and to start a new movement – the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. They say they’re going to stop any eviction in the city that’s happening because of a person’s economic means. The rich got bailed out, they say. We will not be put out.
The sheriff was supposed to come at 9 a.m., but he never came. Word among volunteers was that the press attention had scared him off. Perhaps tomorrow. But hopefully, a settlement will be reached before then.
So, again, we’ll see. But it’s looking a little brighter than it did yesterday. And either way, Lenise is surrounded by a community that won’t let her end up out on the street.
(Correction: I received a forwarded email later on Tuesday from a sheriff spokesperson saying that they do not have plans to evict Lenise for another few weeks, and that by then, the annual moratorium on evictions over the holidays might be in place. There was some confusion about this and this information did not come out until after the blockade was over. I received terrible news around that time that a dear friend and mentor of mine had passed away, so I had not been checking email and posting as diligently as one might hope. I sincerely apologize for not printing this sooner.)