Minnesota Tenants Union Amicus Curiae Letter Defends Sheriff Dart’s Moratorium on Evicting Tenants from Foreclosed Buildings

Just One Example of the Fight for Recognition that Housing is a Human Right, More Important than Property Interest
The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.In coalition with tenant advocacy groups nationwide, the Minnesota Tenants Union has submitted a grass-roots Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) Letter to the Cook County judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by a California mortgage company to force Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart to evict tenants from foreclosed property. The Amicus Curiae Letter (see below) is co-sponsored by 8 tenant advocacy groups in New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis and calls on the judge to dismiss the mortgage company’s suit asserting that the company’s actions violated the human right to housing and the company’s failure to serve notice of its suit and underlying foreclosure action on the real parties in interest, the affected tenants. Sheriff Dart gained national attention earlier this month by publicly declaring a moratorium on evicting tenants from foreclosed properties in Cook County (Chicago area). His action brought a supportive response from tenant groups and others applauding his stand. Continue Reading