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When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park

By Francine Townsend/Other Words

For the last 20 years, I have lived and thrived in a mobile home community. I loved where I live - right up until Wall Street bought the park and threatened the well-being of myself, my neighbors, and my family.

Mobile homes are a vital source of affordable housing for around 3 million households across 45,000 communities in the United States. These households have a median income of about $36,000, and include vulnerable populations like seniors, the disabled and immigrants.

Our mobile home community was the sort of place where every neighbor helped everybody. If my grass wasn't cut, the neighbor across the street would cut it. If their grass didn't get cut that week, I would take care of it. That's just how we were.

But things started to get harder in 2012, when RHP Properties - a corporation entwined with Brookfield Asset Management, a Toronto-based private equity firm - took ownership of our mobile home community in Spring Valley, New York.

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Posted on October 13, 2021
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Posted on November 3, 2020

When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park

By Francine Townsend/Other Words
Private equity destroys communities.

Posted on October 13, 2021

"Let 'Em Have It, Boys, Let 'Em Have It. Fuck These People."

By Abby Zimet/Common Dreams
From Minneapolis, a too-common tale of racist, brutal, corrupt policing in America.

Posted on October 11, 2021

10 Facts About Pretrial Electronic Monitoring In Cook County

By The Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts and the Chicago Council of Lawyers
The Cook County Sheriff's Electronic Monitoring Program appears to perpetuate racial disparities in the criminal legal system (surprise!) and destabilize communities without a return for public safety.

Posted on September 23, 2021

Private Equity Destroyed My Job

By Shirley Smith/Other Words
Almost immediately after it bought the company, TH Lee used Art Van's golden name to borrow massive amounts of money and saddle the company with debt. TH Lee also sold off Art Van's real estate, then forced Art Van to pay rent on the same property it once owned. Sound familiar?

Posted on September 21, 2021

OIG: CPD Cannot Meet Constitutional Duty

By The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General
The department has undertaken almost no corrective actions.

Posted on September 16, 2021

When Does Life Begin? There's More Than One Religious View

By Rachel Mikva/The Conversation
By and large, for example, Jewish texts don't confer personhood on a fetus until it is born.

Posted on September 7, 2021

Hucksters Selling 'Vaccine-Detox' Snake Oil Must Be Held Accountable

By The Center for Inquiry
Despicable goldmine enabled by Google and Amazon.

Posted on August 26, 2021

IDOC Mental Health Care Still Unconstitutional After 5 Years

By The Uptown People's Law Center
How many roads must we go down, for how many years, when, despite pious assurances of an commitment to deliver constitutional care, we always end up at the same place - unalleviated mental suffering caused by ignoring community standards of care. Will this ever end?

Posted on August 22, 2021

Afghanistan Only Latest U.S. War Driven By Deceit, Delusion

By Gordon Adams/The Conversation
With healthy assists from the media, who also never seem to learn.

Posted on August 19, 2021

We Are The Least Trustworthy People On The Planet

By Abby Zimet/Common Dreams
The fourth president to oversee yet another senseless war in "the graveyard of empires," he thus found an easy target for what is the "breathtaking failure" of longtime U.S. foreign policy while blithely ignoring the blood-soaked, hubris-laden history behind it - a "post-imperial Western fantasy" of disastrous military or CIA interventions through Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and then Iran, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, which was never at war with the U.S. and where Donald Rumsfeld, may he have no rest, demanded President George W. Bush "punish and get out."

Posted on August 18, 2021

Postcard From Thermal: Surviving The Climate Gap In Eastern Coachella Valley

By Elizabeth Weil and Mauricio Rodríguez Pons/ProPublica
Where expensive cars are kept cooler than toiling farmworkers.

Posted on August 17, 2021

Acres Of Money Laundering: Why U.S. Real Estate Is A Kleptocrat's Dream

By Global Financial Integrity
Dive into the murky world of global money laundering in which which kleptocrats, criminals, sanctions evaders and corrupt government officials choose the U.S. real estate market as their preferred destination to hide and launder proceeds from illicit activities.

Posted on August 11, 2021

Traitor, Patriot

By Brett Wilkins/Common Dreams
More guts, courage, bravery and honesty than Barack Obama.

Posted on July 26, 2021

Private Equity Comes For Janesville

By Elisa McCartin/Other Words
The Hufcor plant in Janesville, Wisconsin was profitable before investors gobbled it up. Now it's the latest highway robbery by private equity.

Posted on July 21, 2021

CPD Hiring Is Racist

By The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General
Demographic representation among hired police officers substantially differs from representation in the initial applicant pool.

Posted on July 14, 2021

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