Payday is Getting EVICTED by Monday - SOS!!!!
Organized by: Mike Elk
Folks, PaydayReport.com is facing an eviction from our my home office/house here in Chattanooga. We are up shit's creek with an eviction hearing set for Monday in a very anti-tenant Tennessee court.
Basically, I got screwed by DC Tax Office. I was hoping that my tax return of $1,500 would come in last month, but it hasn't come in. I was then hoping that I could work out a deal with my landlords to delay rent payment until the tax return arrived, but they are jerks, who have been pretty upset about my complaints about my repairs. So, they are moving forward to evict me.
Under Tennessee law, if the judge rules against me on Monday, I only have two weeks to vacate my house, I'll basically have to shut down Payday and stop the exciting work we are doing here.
Already, many of you will have noticed that Payday's reporting has been slim the last few weeks and I am not gonna lie the stress of the eviction proceedings have taken a very serious toll on my ability to focus.
The good news is that Ari Ne'eman, the founder of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, has offered to put $750 in matching funds to stop the eviction. He believes in the work of Payday covering labor in the South and is willing to match dollar for dollar any donation made to Payday's eviction fund up to $750.
Many of you know my reporting over the years for MSNBC, POLITICO, and In These Times and you know it's a good investment.
Every month Payday has been increasing its donor base and within a year should be fully sustainable. Right now, we have 57 dues paying readers giving, $771 monthly to Payday. At this rate of growth, our operation should be fully sustainable within a year.
Right now, though, I am working 60 hours a week and living off of donor money combined with freelance money. I am living hand to mouth and dealing with the annoyance of eviction threats and my electricity being shut off far too often. I could complain, but its worth the sacrifice to finally build an independent news outlet aimed at covering labor in the South.
Over 150,000 workers opted to join unions last year in the South. The South is the fastest growing region in the country for union membership and nobody is covering it. To read more about this, see my special Labor Day op-ed in the Pacific Standard laying out the case for why we need to cover the South
The untold story of organizing in the South is one that vitally needs to be told and I hope Payday can do, but we need your help to do it. We all make sacrifices for the movement and I am not scared of being broke to cover workers. I am scared of not having a place to live.
So please, if you can, donate to Payday and all funds up to $750 will be matched dollar for dollar, by Ari Ne'eman of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network.
Love & Solidarity,