The future of Fall River won’t be Fall River if the Bostonian real-estate moguls keep buying up our properties and doubling the rent, to where it’s impossible for our people to afford living in the city where they/we were born and raised. How many of you came from working-class families, just scraping by, honestly?
Do you remember your familiar and good landlords who were also neighbors to you and showed care and understanding by recognizing that you, and the rest of their tenants, cared for their spaces, and that they worked hard and needed to eat/ have enough money to move on to own their own properties as well in time?
These real estate opportunists by and large don’t give a damn about how hard you work, how little you see your partners/spouses, family, sons and daughters. They do not care how old or sick you are, or if you are doing it all your own with the world against you. They do not care how clean you keep your home or if you have a long standing of dignity, pride and a neighborly attitude.
They come into our city, to flip and occupy, tossing law abiding people out left and right. They take what’s ours as we have worked for decades ceaselessly for a space we do not even own.
This land is our piece of the world, and belongs to those within who understand our way, our economy, our culture. We are not to be thrown from the place we belong, on the grounds of having too little, when the prices are soaring too high beyond our reach, unstrung by an anchor of just and reasonable charge.
Where will the elderly and common folk go if they can no longer afford the city their families have existed for generations?
Where will the young adults, at last going it alone, go? Will they be forced into cramming in uncomfortable heaps with a bunch of strangers, eating cheap unhealthy diets, because that’s all they can afford and never know what it’s like to have true independence or a breath of freedom being lashed to overworking themselves, fearing for their lives during a pandemic?
Where will the single person and single parent go when jobs are scarce and times are hard, when hardly any trade thinks to train you and demand years of experience all the same? In this precise time, now, more than ever, a time that need be spent with family, because there’s no one to care for them but themselves/yourself, a time where we have not yet been graced with a living wage, we need to fight for our right to live.
More will be homeless because of greed if we do not do something. People will be shoved out into the cold during a pandemic. You’re annoyed by pan handlers now? Just wait until you see the lines if this type of robbery continues. You may find yourself being shoved out as the city turns to utter ruin.
The answer is simple. We must Rent Control Fall River and save the common people, that includes yourselves.
It’s the fair shake we all deserve.
Now is the time to have heart and remember if we don’t do something the outcome will effect all people, regardless of political stance on the right, left and in between. This is about remembering where you come from and who we all are!
Unite and petition to Rent Control our city.