Confronting one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time, Rose McGee and her supporters took a bus tour of the Twin Cities to demand justice for the housing crisis--and her own foreclosure. We were delighted to co-organize the event with Jewish Community Action and Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition.
Our "Housing is a Human Right" bus tour began at Rose's house.
The tour was patterned after the efforts of the Freedom Riders during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s who used buses to bring attention to the injustice of Jim Crow segregation. The Bus Tour, the first of its kind in the Twin Cities, was designed to bring attention to the foreclosure crisis and proclaim that housing is a right. The housing crisis has forced hundreds of thousands of families out of their homes, and, as the result of predatory loans, decimated the wealth of African-American and Hispanic communities, causing some to call it one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time.
Our first stop was at Shir Tikvah Congregation, where we broke bread and were welcomed by the rabbis. We gathered together for a reading of the Torah, and Rep. Keith Ellison spoke.