John Bartlett is Executive Director for the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, where he has defended tenants’ rights for the past seventeen years. Mr. Bartlett began his work for social change more than 20 years ago in Seattle, Washington as a door-to-door canvasser/fundraiser for an environmental organization. Mr. Bartlett is a certified mediator and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Organizing from Northeastern Illinois University.
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Thursday, March 03, 2011
The Poor Fight Back
On Friday evening February 25th, 400 people, mostly low-income tenants, braved a chilly winter day to take to the streets in Chicago to stand up against the proposed Republican budget cuts. The cuts would decimate many of the nation’s affordable housing programs. Initiated by the Chicago Housing Initiative, a coalition of organizations focused on preserving subsidized housing, the demonstration included acts of civil disobedience.